Emiliano Sala: Body recovered from plane wreckage identified as missing footballer

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Body recovered from plane identified as Cardiff City players Sala

"This morning (Thursday) ... the body was brought to Portland Port, Dorset, as this is the nearest part of the British mainland to where the plane was located", said the police statement.

It was recovered on Wednesday and brought to the Isle of Portland in southern England on board the Geo Ocean III offshore supply ship on Thursday for formal identification by coroners, who investigate violent deaths in Britain. Our thoughts remain with them at this hard time.

Dorset Police released a statement on their website and identified ‏the body as the missing footballer's.

The pair went missing on 21 January after the plane they were travelling on from Nantes to Cardiff crashed 21 miles (34km) off the coast of Guernsey.

On Saturday Cardiff players held up a t-shirt bearing the image of Sala, who never played a game for the club, after the team scored in the fifth minute against Bournemouth.

But it added, "The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the hard decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close".

It was reported on Monday that the Air Accidents Investigation Branch confirmed that a body had been found in the wreckage of the plane.

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 wreckage of the plane was found on Sunday following a privately-funded underwater search.

The plane had requested to descend before it lost contact with Jersey air traffic control.

"Had that not happened, I don't think anybody would have searched for the plane", shipwreck hunter David Mearns, whose private company found the plane, told AFP.

It disappeared on January 21 in poor weather, while flying from Nantes to Cardiff after Sala was bought for 15 million pounds ($28m), a fee the two clubs are still in dispute over.

It is believed Cardiff have been left surprised by the demand, considering the circumstances and the timing, and would rather the investigation into the tragedy is completed first.

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