David Ibbotson is still missing after the plane crashed into the English Channel, as he was flying Argentine footballer Sala from Nantes in France to Cardiff. The wife and daughter of Mr Ibbotson issued a heartbreaking plea on Good Morning Britain saying they would not stop searching. Mr Ibbotson’s daughter said: “If you’ve got hope then you shouldn’t give up. He wouldn’t stop searching for me.
She added: “We still hope and pray, and hope everyone keeps my dad in their prayers.”
Mr Ibbotson’s wife insisted “we can’t leave him out there on his own.”
Nora said: “We know that he is dead, we do know that. But, we just want him home.
“We are a very close family, and I am quite privileged to have my children still at home with me and supporting me.
“We can’t leave him out there on his own. Until we have tried to do everything that we can, this is why we have done the appeal, just for some help.”
A fundraising campaign to restart the search for Mr Ibbotson has already raised more than £140,000.
A donation under the name of broadcaster and former footballer Gary Lineker of £1,000 is registered on the page, which he shared with his 7.2 million Twitter followers on Saturday.
A £27,000 donation under the name Elie Lottin, apparently made by France’s World Cup winning footballer Kylian Sanmi Mbappe Lottin, is also registered.
The page has a fundraising target of £300,000.
A message on the site reads: “Please help bring David Ibbotson home and help give him the send off 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 can not bear the thought of him being alone, we need him home so that we are able to lay him to rest.”
Sala’s body was recovered in a privately funded search, launched after the initial search was called off three days after the plane and men when missing.
The aircraft remains underwater off the coast of Guernsey in the English Channel.