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Mbappe donates $35K to fund search for missing pilot Ibbotson

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Kylian Mbappe has donated about $35,000 to a fund set up by the family of missing pilot Dave Ibbotson, who was lost at sea while flying Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala from Wales to France.

The Paris Saint-Germain star, 20, sent the funds under the name Elie Lottin. He also donated $1,300 to the search to find Sala, and his full name is Kylian Mbappe Lottin.

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Sala’s body was recovered and identified only after a second search was funded, and Ibbotson’s family fears they may never recover the body of the pilot without significant financial help.

“We cannot bear the thought of him being alone, we need him home so that we are able to lay him to rest.”

Look past Mbappe’s massive bank account here; The 20-year-old has shown a grace and conscience unseen from many a person, let alone athlete, previously donating a half-million dollars in World Cup winnings to an organization that sets up sporting events for kids with disabilities.

Broadcaster and former Leicester star Gary Lineker also donated $1,300 to the search for Ibbotson.

The page’s fundraising goal is about $388,000. It has currently has raised about $156,000, and Mbappe’s donation will help spread the word for sure. The page is here.

Body recovered from wreckage of flight carrying Sala

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The body found in the wreckage of the plane carrying Cardiff City’s Emiliano Sala and pilot Dave Ibbotson from France to Wales has been recovered, according to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

It is unknown whether the body is Sala or Ibbotson.

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The news comes on the same day that Nantes demanded the first payment from Cardiff for the club record purchase of Sala, the prolific Argentine striker.

The sea near Guernsey made the search for the missing plane very difficult, and it was just as hard to recover the body when it was discovered by a remote vehicle footage. According to the BBC:

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said specialist contractors joined the operation in “challenging conditions”.

It was carried out in “as dignified a way as possible” and the men’s families were kept updated throughout, it said.