Recovered body formally identified as Sala

CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 02: The match day programme is seen with a picture of Emiliano Sala in tribute to him prior to the Premier League match between Cardiff City and AFC Bournemouth at Cardiff City Stadium on February 2, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Dorset Police confirmed the body recovered from the plane has been identified as Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala.

Sala and pilot David Ibbotson have been missing since the plane they were flying in lost contact with Air Traffic Control on Monday, January 21.

A Dorset Police statement on Thursday night via Sky: “The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday 7 February 2019, has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala.

“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.

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“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.”

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