Authorities confirm that the recovered body belongs to Emiliano Sala

Authorities confirm that the recovered body belongs to Emiliano Sala

A body recovered from a plane which crashed in the English Channel has been formally identified as professional footballer Emiliano Sala, Dorset Police have said.

The plane had been en route to Cardiff from Nantes, France when it vanished from radars near the Channel Islands.

His families who have been hoping for him to survive have been told the devastating news and they are being supported by specially-trained family liaison officers. "He and David will forever remain in our thoughts", the club said.

"Subsequently AAIB [Air Accidents Investigation Branch] and privately funded search teams were deployed to the relevant area".

The body located in the plane wreckage found at the bottom of the English Channel belongs to Emiliano Sala.

The body was recovered from the wreckage of the single-turbine aircraft, which crashed in the English Channel on January 21.

"We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano".


The recovery operation was carried out in as "dignified a manner as possible", with the families of Sala and pilot Jon Ibbotson kept apprised of the recovery constantly.

The investigators will publish their interim report within a month and footage captured of the wreckage is expected to provide "valuable evidence", it added.

The academy has a partnership with Bordeaux, and Sala was one of a handful of players to have gone from there to the French side.

The Geo Ocean III transferred the body from the location of its discovery to Portland Port in Dorset early on Thursday.

Following the news, Cardiff City Football Club, the team Sala had signed just days before the crash, issued a statement regarding his death on their website, along with a photo of the athlete.

According to the source, the first instalment of the €17m deal for the Argentine striker has yet to be paid, despite the transfer being finalised before the accident.

It disappeared on January 21 in poor weather, while flying from Nantes to Cardiff after Sala was bought for 15 million pounds ($28m), a fee the two clubs are still in dispute over.

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