Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Body taken from wreckage identified as Emiliano Sala

Body taken from wreckage identified as Emiliano Sala

Dorset Police revealed Thursday that Sala, 28, had been identified by HM Coroner after his body was recovered from the wreckage the previous day.

Cardiff City issued a statement shortly after identification was confirmed, saying: "We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano. Our thoughts remain with them all".

Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), which recovered the body, said that bad weather in the busy shipping thoroughfare meant it was unable to recover the plane and as a result was closing down the operation.

The news brings to an end a devastating two and a half weeks since the plane carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson disappeared while traveling from Nantes in France to Cardiff in Wales.

"The families of Mr Sala and pilot David Ibbotson have been updated".

The football world came together in grief and to pay its respects as the severity of the Sala story began to unfold, with floral tributes laid outside Cardiff City Stadium and vigils held in Nantes, where 42 goals in three-and-a-half seasons made him a fan favourite.

The aircraft remains 67 metres underwater 21 miles off the coast of Guernsey in the English Channel as poor weather conditions stopped efforts to recover it.

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An AAIB spokesman said bad weather was forecast "for the foreseeable future and so the hard decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close". "There is a process for recovering the plane".

According to the BBC, the Piper Malibu N264DB aircraft disappeared from radar at 2,300 feet, and air traffic control alerted Her Majesty's Coastguard at 8:23 p.m. local time when it couldn't contact the plane.

An extensive search was carried out, before being called off on January 24, before an appeal started Sala's agent raised £324,000 for a private search led by marine scientist David Mearns. "He and David will forever remain in our thoughts".

"Sadly a search and rescue operation was unsuccessful in locating the plane and the two occupants".

The AAIB said it expected to publish an interim report within the month.

It comes after Nantes had opened legal proceedings against Cardiff over the payment of the transfer fee.

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