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Emiliano Sala’s Loyal Dog is Still Waiting Patiently for Footballer to Come Home Weeks After Plane Crash

EMILIANO Sala’s loyal dog is still waiting patiently for the footballer to come home weeks after his plane crashed in the English Channel.

The Cardiff City striker’s sister, Romina, shared a heartbreaking image on Facebook of rescue dog Nala staring out into the distance.

“Nala is waiting for you, too…” she captioned the powerful picture on Saturday.

The image emerged as divers found a body inside the doomed flight’s mangled wreckage after it was located by sonar off Guernsey.

Footballer Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were the only two on board the plane.

They were flying from Nantes in France to Cardiff on January 21 when the plane disappeared over the Channel.


Sala’s dog Nala was reportedly one of the reasons the footie star returned to France.

He was understood to have taken her to kennels and started the process of moving her over to Wales so she could live with him.

Since Sala lived alone, he got Nala soon after moving to Nantes in 2015 to keep him company.

However, investigators have not yet confirmed if the body belongs to 28-year-old Sala or his Brit pilot, Dave Ibbotson, 59.


The downed Piper Malibu that was carrying Sala was located near Alderney after state-of-the-art side-sonar kit scoured the seabed.

Leading the search was shipwreck hunter David Mearns with his Morven vessel and the AAIB’s own ship.

A ROV robot was then sent down to the seabed to identify the remains, on Sunday morning.


The AAIB said: “Based on analysis of ROV video footage, the AAIB investigators on board the vessel concluded that the object is wreckage from the missing Piper Malibu aircraft, registration N264DB.

“The ROV carried out a further search of the area overnight but did not identify any additional pieces of wreckage.

“Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage. The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot, passenger and police.

Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage. AAIB Spokesman

“The image shows the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration.

“We intend to publish an interim report within one month of the accident occurring.”

Sala’s loved ones were rocked by the news with his ex-girlfriend posting tributes on social media to the Argentine ace.

Berenice Schkair posted a picture of Sala on Instagram feed with the caption “#PrayforSala”.


Meanwhile the striker’s dad broke down yesterday as he spoke to reporters near his home in Santa Fe, Argentina.

He told Cronica TV: “They told me that the days passed and there was no news of Emiliano or the plane.”

A second hunt for Sala’s missing plane was launched after his family and footie stars, including Lionel Messi, raised £325K to launch a private search.

Mr Mearns said last night: “A plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by Dave Ibbotson, 59, has been located by my crew.

“The families have been informed.

“This is about the best result we could expect for the families, but is devastating news.”


Written by How Africa

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