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Emiliano Sala search: Body recovered from plane wreckage

A body has been "successfully recovered" from the wreckage of the plane that was carrying footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, investigators say, SKY News reported.

Remotely operated vehicles in "challenging conditions" were used to pull the body out of the water "in as dignified a way as possible", according to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

The body was being taken to the Isle of Portland in order to be passed into the care of the Dorset coroner, an AAIB spokesman said.

It has not been confirmed whether the body is that of Sala or Mr Ibbotson.

Poor weather conditions stopped efforts to recover the aircraft, which remains 67 metres underwater, 21 miles off the coast of Guernsey in the English Channel.

An AAIB spokesman said bad weather was forecast "for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close".

The investigators will publish their interim report within a month and footage captured of the wreckage is expected to provide "valuable evidence", it added.

The plane was discovered on Sunday by marine recovery specialists who were hired thanks to a crowdfunding appeal launched after the official search was called off.

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Sala had signed for Cardiff City from French club Nantes in a £15m deal two days before the plane disappeared on 21 January.

Sky sources say Nantes have now started legal action against Cardiff, asking for the first payment of the transfer fee, which is understood to be more than £5m.

Cardiff have not yet paid any of the fee, a record for the club, for the Argentinian striker and privately believe questions first need answering about the ownership of the Piper Malibu aircraft and other issues.

The plane, which was travelling to Cardiff from Nantes, had requested to descend before it lost contact with Jersey air traffic control.

An official search operation was called off on 24 January after Guernsey's harbour master David Barker said the chances of survival following such a long period were "extremely remote".

The remains of the aircraft were tracked down by a team co-ordinated by ocean scientist David Mearns, who has located some of the most elusive wrecks in the world.

Mr Mearns - known as the "Shipwreck Hunter" - and his team located the aircraft within two hours of commencing their search.

Via SKY News

My view: It is sad, I feel for his parents. It seems the helicopter wasn't in good condition, with what Emiliano Sala said in his chilling audio.

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