He said the families of Sala and Ibbotson, who was registered as its pilot, have been notified by police.
Before setting off on the search, Mearns told the BBC: "Both vessels are essentially searching with the same type of sonars to give topographic relief and an image of the seabed".
Sala, 28, and pilot David Ibbotson, 59, were flying in the single-turbine aircraft from Nantes, in northern France, to Cardiff, in Wales, when it disappeared from radar near the Channel Islands on January 21. "But anyway, they kept saying days were going by, and that there had been zero word on Emiliano, or on the plane", his father said.
Marine scientist David Mearns, the director of Blue Water Recoveries, led a team on the search vessel FPV Morven while the AAIB also sent a team aboard the Geo Ocean III, a specialist vessel commissioned for the task. The plane debris was found yesterday evening following an underwater search.
"They went through various stages of identification through the course of today, and David Mearns confirmed to me that they have now positively identified the wreckage as that of the plane that had been carrying the Argentinian footballer".
"The image shows the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration", the AAIB said.
At the moment, Sala's family members alongside the pilot's have been contacted regarding the development, as experts are being mobilised to recover the plane wreckage from the scene.
Working jointly with the AAIB, Mr Mearns's ship and another search vessel, the Geo Ocean III, began combing a four square mile area of the channel, 24 nautical miles north of Guernsey.
There was a series of tributes before kick-off with Sala's photograph appearing on the front cover of the matchday programme and the two captains, Sol Bamba and Andrew Surman, laying floral tributes on the halfway line.
At its first home game since the plane disappeared, Cardiff paid tribute to Sala before a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday.
The team aims to reveal the game via a stream, so expect lots of gameplay videos (as well as its official first details). EA and Respawn has already let some streamers play Apex Legends and it has received positive impressions from them.
A source close to the Celtics confirmed that Kyrie Irving is genuinely interested in reuniting with his former Cavaliers teammate. The other is to pack his bags and go slightly south to the Big Apple and team up with Kevin Durant on the New York Knicks .
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Anyway, the Catalan club move six points clear of Atletico Madrid who resume their league campaign on Sunday against Real Betis. Neto clawed away Coutinho's cross which deflected off Ezequiel Garay's chest before Valencia doubled their lead.
Bow Wow's mugshot was released after his arrest in Atlanta on Saturday, revealing angry red scratches across his face. Both Bow Wow and Holden claimed that they were the one attacked first in the early morning incident.
Sharing a photo of herself as a pre-teen alongside Meghan Markle , McPhee wrote, " Meghan and I did musicals together as kids". When the boy said, "You can't just be f***ing around on stage", Meghan burst out laughing and Harry winced and bent his knees.
It's thought that one of the homes was hosting a Super Bowl party at the time of the crash, according to CBS Los Angeles . He said both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate. "It shook our house".
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New Jersey senator Cory Booker , the only vegan in the United States' senator history, is running for president . This report was featured in the Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, episode of ABC News' daily news podcast, "Start Here ".
Texas police capture MMA fighter after he escaped custody
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This leaked Samsung teaser shows foldable phone
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