New pictures show wreckage of Emiliano Salas plane on bed of English Channel

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New pictures showing the wreckage from the plane crash that killed footballer Emiliano Sala and his pilot have been released.

They were published as the Air Accident Investigation Branch said that it would focus an inquiry on the validity of the pilot’s licence.

The AAIB named ‘regulatory requirements’ as one of four areas in which further work will be carried out.

Still from handout video issued by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch showing the wreckage of the plane which crashed into the Channel on January 21 killing footballer Emiliano Sala. An interim report into what caused the plane crash which killed the Cardiff City footballer will be published on Monday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 25, 2019. See PA story AIR Channel. Photo credit should read: AAIB/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The images were published as the Air Accidents Investigation Branch released its preliminary findings at 2pm (Picture: PA)

Still from handout video issued by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch showing the wreckage of the plane which crashed into the Channel on January 21 killing footballer Emiliano Sala. An interim report into what caused the plane crash which killed the Cardiff City footballer will be published on Monday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 25, 2019. See PA story AIR Channel. Photo credit should read: AAIB/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Argentine footballer Sala had just signed for Cardiff City from French club Nantes for £15 million when the plane crashed into the Channel on January 21 (Picture: PA)

Its interim report noted that the type of licence held by the pilot meant he could only fly passengers in the European Union on a cost sharing basis, rather than for commercial flights.

Pilots with his licence ‘must have a bona fide purpose for making the flight’, according to the AAIB.

Argentinian footballer Sala had just signed for Cardiff City from French club Nantes for £15 million when the plane crashed into the Channel on January 21.

He was the only passenger on board the Piper Malibu aircraft flying from Nantes to the Welsh capital.

Still from handout video issued by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch showing the wreckage of the plane which crashed into the Channel on January 21 killing footballer Emiliano Sala. An interim report into what caused the plane crash which killed the Cardiff City footballer will be published on Monday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 25, 2019. See PA story AIR Channel. Photo credit should read: AAIB/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

His body was recovered on February 6 but pilot David Ibbotson, 59, of Crowle, Lincolnshire, has not been located (Picture: PA)

Still from handout video issued by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch showing the rear left side of the fuselage, including part of the aircraft registration, in the wreckage of the plane which was Emiliano Sala, after it was discovered in the English Channel. An interim report into what caused the plane crash which killed the Cardiff City footballer will be published on Monday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday February 25, 2019. See PA story AIR Channel. Photo credit should read: AAIB/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Mr Ibbotson’s family hope a fresh search for his body will begin this week (Picture: PA)

His body was recovered on February 6 but pilot David Ibbotson, 59, of Crowle, Lincolnshire, has not been located.

Mr Ibbotson’s family hope a fresh search for his body will begin this week after setting up an online fundraising campaign which has reached £250,000.

The aircraft remains underwater off the coast of Guernsey after an attempt to recover it was hampered by bad weather.

The aircraft remains underwater off the coast of Guernsey after an attempt to recover it was hampered by bad weather (Picture: PA)

Emiliano Sala - missing plane (Picture: Emiliano Sala/Instagram)

Argentine footballer Sala had just signed for Cardiff City from French club Nantes for £15 million (Picture: Emiliano Sala/Instagram)