Search for Sala plane pilot to resume next week: family

first_imgThe 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.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FC Nantes supporters gather in front of a portrait of late Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala prior to the French L1 football match against Nimes Olympique at the La Beaujoire stadium in Nantes, western France on February 10, 2019 © AFP/File / LOIC VENANCELONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 19 – 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”.last_img read more

Mahendra Singh Dhoni happy to focus on daughter after hectic season

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni has been on the road constantly since January. A gruelling limited-overs tour of Australia was followed by the Asia Cup T20, a short T20 series against Sri Lanka, the World T20 and the Indian Premier League. (Scorecard)Under pressure for poor form and questionable tactics as captain, Dhoni agreed to tour Zimbabwe with a young squad. Having overseen his first series victory in 20 months and a whitewash over the hapless hosts, the 34-year-old wicketkeeper finally spared a thought for his young family and little daughter. (Dhoni flexes his muscles after crushing Zimbabwe)Dhoni, who has retired from Test cricket, will close off a hectic season with three T20s against Zimbabwe before switching off to spend time at home while India travel to the West Indies for a four-Test series. The Jharkhand wicketkeeper would not be needed on national duty till New Zealand come calling for a five-match ODI series in September. That gives him about three months to unwind and he could be forgiven for worrying about baby Ziva as time approaches to fly back home.”After a long time, I am getting a break. I will spend some time with the family and take time off cricket. Don’t think my daughter still recognises me,” Dhoni said after Lokesh Rahul and Faiz Fazal hammered fifties to script a 10-wicket victory for India, who inflicted a 3-0 whitewash over Zimbabwe. But Dhoni perhaps knows that he would have to think more than just his family. Certain quarters in the Indian cricket fraternity believe it is time for Dhoni to step aside and let Virat Kohli take charge of the limited-overs sides. Dhoni’s detractors would not be impressed with three easy wins against the perennial minnows of world cricket but he was not overtly worried about the nature of his triumph.advertisement”I don’t mind winning games easily,” said Dhoni, who was happy with the way the team executed its plans.But Dhoni drew criticism for his decision to persist with Ambati Rayudu at No.3 for the first two matches. Consequently, Manish Pandey, who had smashed a match-winning hundred, got to face only two deliveries in the series. But the captain was happy that the batsmen who did get a chance, proved their potential. (Dhoni defies logic by choosing Ambati Rayudu over Manish Pandey at No. 3 in Harare)”Few more batters could have got opportunities but the guys who got the opportunities performed really well,” Dhoni said.last_img read more