Divers recover body from wreckage of Emiliano Sala’s plane

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PLANE WRECKAGE: The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) launched an investigation after the aircraft was lost at sea on January 21. Photo credit: Twitter / @aaib

A BODY discovered in the seabed wreckage of the plane which disappeared with ex-Palma de Soledad footballer Emiliano Sala onboard, has been brought to the surface.

It’s not clear at this stage whether the corpse, recovered by divers this morning (Thursday), is that of Argentine forward Sala, 28, or 59-year-old pilot David Ibbotson.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) launched an investigation after the aircraft was lost at sea on January 21, while travelling over the English Channel from Nantes, France to Cardiff.

Sala had been signed by Cardiff City for a club record €17 million.

In a statement this morning, the AAIB said: “Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to the ship.

“The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close. The body is currently being taken to Portland to be passed into the care of the Dorset Coroner.”

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