Emiliano Sala search team recover body

The search team for striker Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson have recovered a body from the plane wreckage.

The body was pulled out of the water in “as dignified a way as possible” by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) through the use of specialist contractors on Wednesday night.

A remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) was used to help the search and to later recover the discovered body found in the wreckage.

The Piper Malibu N264DB itself, which disappeared two weeks ago across the English Channel while flying from Nantes to Cardiff, had been found in Guernsey on February 3.

This was thanks to the efforts of a privately funded search team with marine scientist and oceanographer David Mearns finding the plane in a matter of hours using sonar technology and remote-controlled submersibles.

Now the Daily Mirror reports that the body found was taken to the Isle of Portland and would later be sent to the Dorset coroner with no further updates in regards to who it is being issued right now.

The plane, on the hand, remains 67 metres underwater as the privately funded search team were unable to recover it due to the bad weather conditions.

An AAIB spokesman said: “Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the 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.

AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane's wreckage to Sala's family and the pilot's.

“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.”

Meanwhile, it’s since emerged that Nantes are demanding the £15m fee that they had agreed on with Cardiff City for the sale of Sala last month.

This comes despite the fact that the Argentine striker had never got the opportunity to even play for his new club.

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