Kylian Mbappe donates £27,000 to help search for Emiliano Sala’s pilot

Kylian Mbappe: After the family of David Ibbotson launches a fundraising appeal to locate the missing pilot who was carrying Emiliano Sala to his new club Cardiff, PSG forward Kylian Mbappe has donated £27,000.

The family of David Ibbotson, the pilot of the plane that went missing while taking Emiliano Sala from Nantes to his new club Cardiff, has launched a fundraising appeal to search for him. Sala’s body was recovered from the wreckage of the plane but Mr. Ibbotson’s body has yet to be located and his family are growing increasingly desperate.

The official search was called off after four days, but more than £260,000 was raised to fund a private search.

The investigation led the discovery of the footballer’s body on February 4, but Ibbotson is still undiscovered.

The pilot’s family launched a GoFundMe page on Friday pleading “we need him home so that we are able to lay him to rest”.

Mr. Ibbotson’s family wrote: “Please help bring David Ibbotson home and help give him the sendoff he deserves. 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 cannot bear the thought of him being alone; we need him home so that we are able to lay him to rest.”

They have a target of £300,000 to reach in order to fund the private search and have received donations from the likes of Kylian Mbappe, who has donated £27,000 and Gary Lineker who has donated £1000.

World Cup winner and Paris St-Germain forward Mbappe, whose full name is Kylian Mbappe Lottin, donated under the name Elie Lottin.

The plane carrying Emiliano Sala was en route from France to Cardiff when it crashed two days after the Argentine striker’s £15m transfer to the Bluebirds was announced.

Sala’s body was found after an appeal launched by his agent raised £324,000 (371,000 euros) for a private search.

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