Emiliano Sala plane pilot's desperate family struggling to raise £300k target to bring body back home

The heartbroken family have thanked all those that have donated more than £176,000 in three days – but need more help to lay David Ibbotson to rest.

David's daughter, Danielle, set up the Go Fund Me page on Friday, and donations poured in over the weekend.

More than 10,400 people have pledged money to help find David's body – but a staggering amount is still left to raise.

Danielle wrote: "As a family we are relying on the kindness of the good-hearted people to help us raise the much needed funds to help us find our beloved Dad, Husband and Son.

"As a family we are trying to come to terms with the tragedy and the loss of two incredible men.

"To be told the search has now been called off for the foreseeable future has only made this tragic time more difficult.

"We can not bare the thought of him being alone, we need him home so that we are able to lay him to rest.

"Any donations would be very much appreciated."

France star Kylian Mbappe made an incredible pledge of €27,000 and Match of the Day host Gary Linker and Manchester City player Ilkay Gundogan added £1,000 each.

We can not bare the thought of him being alone, we need him home so that we are able to lay him to rest.

Donor Wendy wrote: “Please let’s keep giving and get to £300,000 to enable one more search for the Ibbotson family.”

And Bryan added: “Hi can the uk government not be responsible for this it's an utter disgrace he is a uk citizen for gods sake why has the navy not been involved this is horrendous the whole wreck should be recovered don't see why navy can't get involved at expense of tax payer as he was a UK tax payer and held a UK passport.”

Sala's body was pulled from the wreckage last week after the plane he and David were in came down near Alderney on January 21.

An official search for the downed plane was called off on January 24 but more than £300,000 was raised by footie stars including Lionel Messi to help fund a private search.

The plane was carrying Cardiff City’s £15million record signing Sala, 28, to the Welsh capital from former club Nantes, in Western France, when it vanished on January 21.

The AAIB said on January 30 two seat cushions believed to be from the plane were found off Normandy.

Search vessel FBV Morven picked up a signal and a remote-controlled submarine fitted with a camera was sent down to formally identify the wreckage.

The wreckage was discovered by the AAIB on February 3 and robots subs were used to pull the body out of the 220ft-deep water "in as dignified a way as possible".

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