– David Ibbotson, pilot of Emiliano Sala wrecked plane still remains unfound.
– Family opens gofundme page to raise donations towards search party
The footballing world was much relieved when the body of Emiliano Sala was recovered from the wreckage of the Malibu plane with EPL teams paying their last respect to the Argentine with the traditional one minute silence and a black band every team player had to wear on their arm.
That said, many are of oblivious of the fact that the body of the pilot of the ill-fated aircraft, David Ibbotson still remains yet to be found.
With the official search party discontinued, Ibbotson’s family have been left with no choice than to organize a private search for David.
Family of the missing David Ibbotson have raised a fund-raising page asking for donations to restart the search of the pilot.
They will look to David Mearns aka the ship hunter who found Emiliano Sala’s body to assess their options.
The fundraising page which had an initial target of raising up to £300,000 has already gathered over £235,000 in funds. This update was revealed by Ibbotson’s daughter, Danielle.
She said: “We have been in talks the past couple of days with David Mearns over emails and a phone call. We are looking into the best way forward and options we have going forward.
“Once we have 100% confirmed the plan forward we will fully update everyone. Thank you so much for your support. We cannot thank you enough. The Ibbotson family x.”
Meanwhile, the owner of Cardiff Football club, Vincent Tan has made a generous £50,000 donation to the family for the search of Ibbotson.
Also French striker, Kylian Mbappe donated the sum of £27,000 to the family of the pilot.
Emiliano Sala’s body was found in the wreckage of the plane found in the English channel on the 4th of February. Sala and the pilot had been involved in an aircraft crash on their way to Cardiff to seal a deal that would see the former Nantes player play in the Premier League for the Bluebirds.