The Air Accidents Investigation Branch have been advised by their French counterparts that seat cushions believed to be from the missing aircraft carrying Emiliano Sala have been found on a beach.
The two items were spotted near Surainville on the Colentin Peninsula in the north of France.
The AAIB will now conduct an underwater search of four square miles for the missing plane, targeted on its known flight path and known radar positions.
The search is expected to start this weekend and is likely to last for three days.
A private air and sea rescue mission is also being conducted after more than €300,000 were raised by a GoFundMe campaign.
The AAIB search is separate from the private search, but they are now liaising with each other.
Sala, along with pilot David Ibbotson, disappeared on January 21 while flying over the Channel Islands. The Argentinian striker had completed a club-record transfer to Cardiff just days before.
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