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Emiliano Sala: Attempts to recover body in aircraft under way

Emiliano Sala: Attempts to recover body in aircraft under way
By Eurosport

05/02/2019 at 17:52Updated 05/02/2019 at 17:56

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) have said they are attempting to recover the body found in the wreckage of the aircraft that was carrying Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.

On Monday, the AAIB confirmed a body was found in the plane wreckage of Sala and Ibbotson's flight.

Sala had just completed his £15million move to Cardiff when the plane carrying him and pilot Ibbotson disappeared over the English Channel on January 21 after leaving Nantes for the Welsh capital.

"The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) carried out a further search of the area overnight, but did not identify any additional pieces of wreckage," said the AAIB in a statement.

"Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage. The AAIB is now considering the next steps, in consultation with the families of the pilot and passenger, and the police."

After rescuers and Guernsey police called off the official search, Sala’s sister, Romina, organised a GoFundMe page that led to a private search being started, and which eventually found the plane.

The AAIB said it had now concluded it was the missing Piper Malibu aircraft, issuing an underwater image of the crashed plane with part of its registration number - N264DB - clearly visible.

"The image shows the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration," the AAIB said. "We intend to publish an interim report within one month of the accident occurring.