Emiliano Sala: Body identified as footballer

The body of Emiliano Sala has been identified after he was recovered from the wreckage of the crashed plane he was travelling to the UK in. Pilot David Ibbotson is yet to be found.

Dorset police confirmed the identification on Thursday night saying that the formal identification was conduction by HM Coroner for Dorset, and that the family has been notified.

The body was seen in the wreckage of the plane, and despite authorities calling conditions “challenging”, was recovered on Wednesday. The Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) said that operation had been carried out in “as dignified a way as possible”.

The Piper Malibu aircraft was on its way from France to Cardiff, after Sala had signed for the Welsh club for an estimated £15m. The Argentine was travelling to Cardiff after saying goodbye to his former teammates.

Ibbotson, 59, was piloting the aircraft when it crashed on 21st January, and is yet to be found. Chances of survival are “extremely remote”, according to Guernsey’s harbour master.

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