Sala Missing Plane: Body Recovered From Plane Wreckage
Authorities have confirmed that a body has been recovered from the Wreckage of the plane which was carrying Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.
The plane which was initially reported missing was found last weekend by a private search team and extraction commenced immediately .
The Piper Malibu aircraft which was carrying the Cardiff City record signing from France disappeared in the English channel on January 21.
A statement was released late on Wednesday by the UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirming that the body will be passed to the Dorset Coroner, after recovery carried out by specialist contractors.
"Following extensive visual examination of the accident site using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), it was decided to attempt recovery operations," the AAIB said in a statement.
"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.
"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. The body is currently being taken to Portland to be passed into the care of the Dorset Coroner.
"Although it was not possible to recover the aircraft, the extensive video record captured by the ROV is expected to provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation.
"We expect our next update to be an interim report, which we intend to publish within one month of the accident occurring."