Body recovered from plane identified as Cardiff City players Sala

Lynette Rowe
February 8, 2019

Authorities recovered a body from the wreckage of the plane carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.

"This morning (Thursday) ... the body was brought to Portland Port, Dorset, as this is the nearest part of the British mainland to where the plane was located", said the police statement.

In a statement tonight police said they "will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers".

Sala, 28, was travelling to Cardiff in a plane piloted by David Ibbotson, which went missing over the English Channel on 21 January.

Earlier, had reported how Nantes are demanding that Cardiff City should pay the sum of KSh 1.9 billion (£15 million) transfer fee for their former striker who is now dead.

Efforts to retrieve the body were hampered by hard weather conditions but it was finally brought to Isle of Portland on Wednesday night and then ID'd as the former FC Nantes player.

There is still no word on Ibbotson, with fans praying the Lincolnshire pilot's family would soon get closure too.

The club said in a statement: "We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano".

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He was born in Argentina, made his name in France but lost his life over the English Channel on his way to play for a Welsh club.

Argentinian football great Diego Maradona also posted a tribute on Instagram.

Efforts to recover the aircraft wreckage have so far been unsuccessful due to poor weather conditions.

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

Sala, a striker who played for Nantes in the French top flight, was preparing to start a new career in the Premier League at Cardiff.

"Since we found out, it's all anyone can talk about", said local restaurant owner Oscar Heymo, a friend of Sala's father Horacio.

Guernsey harbourmaster Captain David Barker called their chances of survival "extremely remote" , but a number of high-profile football figures and members of the public answered the family's calls to fund a private search operation.

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.

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