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Body Recovered From Plane Wreckage Identified As Emiliano Sala

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Body Recovered From Plane Wreckage Identified As Emiliano Sala

The body recovered from the plane wreckage in the English Channel has been identified as footballer Emiliano Sala.

A statement from Dorset Police says: "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. Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.

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

"On Monday 21 January 2019 a plane carrying both men was flying from Nantes to Cardiff when it lost contact with Air Traffic Control, north of Guernsey.

"Sadly a search and rescue operation was unsuccessful in locating the plane and the two occupants. Subsequently AAIB and privately funded search teams were deployed to the relevant area. Using specialist equipment the teams succeeded in locating and identifying the plane and recovering Mr Sala's body."


Yesterday the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) recovered one body from the wreckage in 'as dignified way as possible'.

Following the discovery, the organisation revealed that it was no longer going to search for the pilot David Ibbotson.

Image of the plane underwater. Credit: PA
Image of the plane underwater. Credit: PA

It said in a statement: "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.

"Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the ROV to the ship.

Tribute done for Sala in Swansea. Credit: PA
Tribute done for Sala in Swansea. Credit: PA

"The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close.


"Although it was not possible to recover the aircraft, the extensive video record captured by the ROV is expected to provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation.

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

Before the AAIB stepped in, oceanographer, marine scientist and well-known shipwreck hunter David Mearns launched a survey vessel and confirmed the wreckage had been found after 'a couple of hours' of searching the seabed of the English Channel.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: News, UK

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