Emiliano Sala: Body Identified as Cardiff City Footballer

The body recovered from the wreckage of a plane at the bottom of the English Channel has been confirmed as Emiliano Sala.

Emiliano Sala: Body Identified as Cardiff City Footballer
Emiliano Sala | Credit: PA

  • Emiliano Sala's body has been pulled from the wreckage.
  • The plane was found on a sea bed on Sunday, hours after a private search began.
  • Pilot David Ibbotson's body has not been recovered.

The Argentine internaltional who went missing on 21st January after signing a deal with English side Cardiff City has been confirmed dead.

In a statement, the force said: "The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday 7 February 2019, has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala.

"The families of Mr Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers."

Families of the Argentinean striker and pilot David Ibbotson have been nervously awaiting news over whose body was pulled from the crashed Piper Malibu on Wednesday.

It has now been confirmed that the recovered body was that of Sala. Meanwhile, David the pilot is yet to be found.

After it was announced, sympathisers have sent their heartfelt condolences to the family of Emiliano Sala.

Cardiff City Football Club said in a statement: "We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano".

"He and David will forever remain in our thoughts."

Argentinean President Mauricio Macri who described the news as "painful" said: "What painful news! My condolences to Emiliano's relatives, friends and companions at such a difficult time. We are with you."

Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger and Cardiff player Sol Bamba also tweeted to express their heartfelt condolences.

Efforts to recover the crashed plane proved unsuccessful and has been abandoned due to poor weather.

The AAIB said in a statement: "The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close," the AAIB said in a statement.

However, some video footages have been captured by the ROV and would provide valuable evidence for its safety investigation said the AAIB.

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