Josette Bernard, who lives in Normandy, took photos of a seat she found on the beach four days ago and took it to his social media. The part of a cushion was found on a beach near Surtainville on the Cotentin Peninsula.
UK investigators said the two seat cushions that were found on a beach are likely to have come from the plane’s wreckage. A second cushion was found in the same area later that day.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said in a statement, "From a preliminary examination we have concluded that it is likely that the cushions are from the missing aircraft. Since we opened our safety investigation on Tuesday January 23, we have been gathering evidence such as flight, aircraft and personnel records, and have been analysing radar data and air traffic tapes. We have been working closely with other international authorities and have kept the families of those involved updated on our progress."
The Piper PA-46 Malibu in which Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were travelling disappeared off the radar and an official search operation was called off on Thursday.
Pleas for the search to resume have come from the 28-year-old player’s family, Argentinian football stars Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and Sergio Aguero, and the country’s president Mauricio Macri. Donations from footballers including Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan helped a GoFundMe page raising money for a private search surpass the €300,000 euro (£259,000) target.
And Sala’s family wanted to thank people for their generosity.