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Sala’s pilot family says goodbye too

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 02: Tributes to Emiliano Sala are seen outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Cardiff City and AFC Bournemouth at Cardiff City Stadium on February 2, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
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The family of English pilot David Ibbotson, who together with Sala disappeared 20 days ago, has also said farewell to their loved one.

Cardiff City Argentinean footballer Emiliano Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson were traveling from Nantes, France, to the Welsh capital of Cardiff.

Then their light aircraft on which they traveled disappeared over the English Channel, prompting a search and rescue mission from the English and French authorities.

But after more than three days, they didn’t turn out, and the search was called off.

The search mission was reopened thanks to a GoFundMe campaign set by the footballer’s family, as they wanted closure and only a miracle would show them alive.

Yesterday, a body was detected on the small aircraft, as it was discovered by the private search party.

And today, the family of David Ibbotson wrote a heartfelt farewell to their loved one.

“Daddio, Words cannot describe how much I am going to miss you. You are the best dad anybody could wish for and I will love you always,” his daughter Vicki said according to The Mirror.

“I have (word illegible) memories and will pass these on to anybody I meet. All my love Vicki.”

“I have so many memories of you, mine is of you when you were coming home from school, you used to pick me up and carry me home. I will lock these memories in my heart forever,” younger sister Helen Kapatysulias added.

“All I would like is to see your face, smiling, cheekily, again. I know you’re safe wherever you are. I pray that one day I will see you again, my gentle Big Brother.”

“I love you forever and always and will never forget you,” she said.

“To my uncle David. We hope that the angels are looking and guiding you home to us. I love you lots,” the pilot’s nephew Tim added.

Today the private search party will determine when it would be safe to rescue the wreckage of the airplane, as they try to find the other body too and to know the causes of the accident.