Body pulled from plane wreckage formally identified as Emiliano Sala

Ross Houston
February 8, 2019

The aircraft went missing over the Channel and was found on the seabed 60m below on Sunday evening - two weeks later - before it emerged that a body could be seen in the wreckage on Monday.

Sala was with pilot David Ibbotson when the accident happened, whose body is yet to be found.

The HM Coroner for Dorset has confirmed that the missing body recovered from the plane is Emiliano Sala.

The body was taken to Portland, England, and passed over to the Dorset coroner.


After being sold by French soccer club FC Nantes to the Premier League's Cardiff City F.C., the Argentine athlete was preparing to move to Wales to start this new stage of his career.

Police said that an investigation into the circumstances of the death was continuing. "He and David will forever remain in our thoughts", the Welsh club said.

In this image released Monday Feb. 4, 2019, by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) showing the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration N264DB that went missing carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala, when it disappeared from radar contact on January 21 2019.

After nearly three weeks of searching, authorities have confirmed that professional soccer player Emiliano Sala was killed when the plane he was traveling from France to Wales in crashed into the ocean.


'The operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress'. It had disappeared on January 21 as it travelled from Nantes in France to Cardiff.

According to the BBC, the Piper Malibu N264DB aircraft disappeared from radar at 2,300 feet, and air traffic control alerted Her Majesty's Coastguard at 8:23 p.m. local time when it couldn't contact the plane.

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.


The AAIB said it expected to publish an interim report within the month. Cardiff are said to be "surprised" with the timing of the demand so soon after the tragedy.

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