Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Body recovered from plane carrying Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson

Body recovered from plane carrying Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson

However, British air accident investigators have yet to say whether the body was that of Sala, who had just signed for Premier League club Cardiff, or pilot David Ibbotson.

The light aircraft was later discovered lying in the bottom of the English channel after days of endless search for the missing player and pilot.

"The body is now being taken to Portland to be passed into the care of the Dorset Coroner".

The AAIB also confirmed attempts to recover the wreckage were abandoned due to bad weather conditions, and their recovery mission was now over.

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

'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.

The Piper Malibu N264DB carrying 28-year-old Sala and 59-year-old Mr Ibbotson disappeared over the English Channel on January 21 after leaving Nantes in France for Cardiff.

The transfer fee is reportedly set to be paid over three instalments, and Cardiff are reportedly surprised that Nantes have requested the money while Sala has still not been officially found.

But Cardiff have "withheld the first scheduled payment until they are satisfied with the documentation", reports the BBC.

Nantes has demanded that Cardiff City pay the full transfer fee of £15 million (17 million euros) for missing footballer Emiliano Sala, reports BBC Wales.

Now, with the body in the wreckage not recovered or identified, his former club is demanding the £15 million transfer fee from Cardiff.

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