A search for the pilot of a plane carrying footballer Emiliano
Sala which crashed in the Channel last month is set to resume
next week, his family said on Tuesday.
David Ibbotson's family said on a crowdfunding page to raise
money for the search that divers would begin looking for the body
"hopefully beginning of next week".
The fundraising page, which has so far raised nearly £250,000
(287,000 euros, $327,000), said there would also be "helicopter
searches of the coastal areas".
The small aircraft, which was carrying the Cardiff City striker
from his former club Nantes in France to Britain, disappeared
from radar on January 21.
Sala's body was recovered on February 7 from the submerged wreck
of the plane and his funeral was held on Saturday in his home
town of Progreso in Argentina.
The plane was located by a shipwreck hunting company, Blue Water
Recoveries, hired by Sala's family thanks to crowdfunding after a
search for the plane was suspended.
Ibbotson's body was never found and investigators said they
suspended the search because of bad weather.
David Mearns, director of Blue Water Recoveries, said on Tuesday
that he had been assisting Ibbotson's family.
"This search is technically very different to the underwater
search for the Piper Malibu aircraft. It is dependent on good
weather, neap tides and flight permits.
"The 'search' will include a dive to the wreck to rule out 100%
that David's body is there and a helicopter search of
inaccessible coastal areas in the Channel Islands using trained
pilots and observers," he wrote.