Dave Ibbotson and Cardiff striker Sala are feared dead after the plane carrying the duo went missing on Monday .
The pilot flying the plane carrying the record Cardiff City signing has been confirmed as 60-year-old Brit Dave Ibbotson.
The father-of-three, from North Lincolnshire, was at the controls of the single engine aircraft carrying the £15million striker from Nantes.
He and Sala are currently feared dead having been confirmed as the only two people on board. Previous reports of a third person have now been discounted.
The Piper PA-46 Malibu being flown by Mr Ibbotson went missing on Monday evening near the Channel Islands on the way to Cardiff .