Richard Madeley has been accused of being "shockingly insensitive" after asking the family of pilot David Ibbotson why they want to find his dead body.
David is still missing after the plane, which was flying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala from Nantes in France to Cardiff, crashed in the English Channel.
His wife Nora and daughter Danielle appeared on today’s Good Morning Britain , telling hosts Richard and Kate Garraway that they’ll never give up the search for him.
Danielle 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."
Viewers of the show took to Twitter to accuse Richard of being insensitive for some of the questions he asked the grieving family.
He said: "So let’s be clear, you’re not asking for the wreckage of the aircraft to be brought up, because experts are saying that’s pretty much impossible given the conditions you’ve mentioned.
"But the one body has been brought to the surface, and now clearly there’ll be a funeral, and you want the same privilege if it’s possible, and you’ve been told that that process if successful would cost about £300,000, and I’ve just been told that your find has reached 140 after just a few days, so you’re almost half way there.
"Tell us just why it’s so important to recover the person that’s lost. Psychologically, why’s it so important to you to have him back?"
David’s wife said: "For our family unit to be back, so we can go and visit him, you know, and just to know that he’s there."
Richard then asked them what David was like, and Danielle described how lucky she was to have him as a dad.
Kate reiterated the family’s point that they don’t want to give up on finding David’s body.
Danielle said: "I know it might take a long time, but I don’t want this to just be it."
One viewer commented: "Richard Madeley really does ask some ridiculous & insensitive questions as an interviewer!"
"Richard doesn’t half ask some weird questions." another posted.
While one said: "What a stupid f**king question from Richard Madeley: ‘Why do you want to recover his body?’ SO THEY CAN HAVE A PROPER FUNERAL??"
And another wrote: "Is that a serious question from Richard on GMB why is it so important to have him back?! F**king seriously?!"
The family have set up an online fundraising page .
On it, they wrote: "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."
* Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV
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