Body recovered from plane identified as Cardiff City players Sala

08 February, 2019, 10:57 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Sala in action for Nantes during the 2018/19 season

Sala's disappearance prompted an outpouring of grief across the footballing world, including at his former club Nantes in France where the plane was flying from.

Sala was identified by the Dorset coroner a day after his body was pulled from the plane, which had been flown by pilot David Ibbotson.

A body was recovered on Wednesday from the wreckage of the plane carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said.

"HM Coroner will continue to investigate the circumstances of this death supported by Dorset Police".

Romina Sala (L), sister of Cardiff City's Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala, whose flight disappeared from radar over the English Channel north of Guernsey, and a friend (R) react as they look at the tributes to Emiliano Sala outside Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, south Wales, on January 25, 2019.

He played for French club Nantes before joining Premier League side Cardiff City.

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.

The wreckage was discovered just hours into a privately funded underwater search, with a single body visible inside.

Sala smiles with a Cardiff City shirt after completing his transfer to the Premier League
Sala smiles with a Cardiff City shirt after completing his transfer to the Premier League

It was then stretchered into a silver van, with Dorset Police confirming it had "left the boat and left the port", before being taken to a nearby mortuary for identification and a post-mortem.

The aircraft went missing over the Channel and was found on the seabed 60m below on Sunday evening - two weeks later - before it emerged that a body could be seen in the wreckage on Monday.

Cardiff City have offered their "most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano".

"We expect our next update to be an interim report, which we intend to publish within one month of the accident occurring".

Sala was set to join his new teammates at Cardiff after he was acquired for a club record fee of 18-million pounds (R326-million).

Nantes has demanded payment from Cardiff for the player's transfer.

Sala was headed to Cardiff to make his debut in the English Premier League after departing the French soccer club FC Nantes.

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