Cardiff City footballer, Emiliano Sala’s body has been recovered from the wreckage of the plane which crashed and pilot David Ibbotson on board.
The Piper Malibu aircraft was found on the seabed of the English Channel on Sunday morning but strong tidal conditions hampered the operation to remove the body.
In a statement, the AAIB said: “Following extensive visual examination of the accident site using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), it was decided to attempt recovery operations.
“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.”
Mr Ibbotson, 59, from Crowle, North Lincolnshire, was at the controls when the flight lost contact with air traffic controllers on 21 January.
The body that was recovered from the wreckage is being taken to the Isle of Portland to be passed to the Dorset coroner. No details have been released concerning its identification.
Sala’s father Horacio said: “I cannot believe it. This is a dream. A bad dream. I am desperate.”
However, it has emerged that Sala’s former club, French Ligue 1 side Nantes, has asked Cardiff City to pay the £15m transfer fee for the, 28year old sala, the Cardiff’s record signing even though Sala never played for the club.
The fee was due to be paid over three years but Cardiff has withheld the first scheduled payment until they are satisfied with the documentation.
By Olukayode Oniwinde
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