Body recovered from wreckage of Emiliano Sala’s plane, investigators say

Body recovered from wreckage of Emiliano Sala's plane, investigators say

A body has been recovered from amidst the wreckage of the plane which crashed with footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board, The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said.

The mission to recover the body began on Tuesday evening, more than two weeks after they crashed into the English Channel. 

However, due to poor weather conditions the wreckage of the plane has not been recovered and the operation has been brought to a close.

In a statement, the AAIB said: “Following extensive visual examination of the accident site using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), it was decided to attempt recovery operations.

“In challenging conditions, the AAIB and its specialist contractors successfully recovered the body previously seen amidst the wreckage. The operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress.”

The body has not yet been identified. 

The plane was carrying Cardiff City’s new striker Sala, 28, and Mr Ibbotson, from Crowle, Lincolnshire, to Cardiff on 21 January after the footballer returned to FC Nantes to say goodbye to his former teammates.

The plane went missing on January 21 and, after a four-day search of the English Channel resulted in nothing being found, a privately funded search started on Sunday.

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