What would have been Cardiff City’s most expensive signing and perhaps their best turned their worst nightmare when the Piper Malibu airplane carrying footballer, Emiliano Sala got missing in the English Channel on January 21.
A search was conducted by the Police and the plane wasn’t found. Relentless, Sala’s family opened a gofundme account to have enough money to sponsor new search operations for their son.
Former Nantes attacker, Sala’s body has been found in a wreckage of the plane discovered in the English Channel.
“The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday 7 February 2019, has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala.
“The families of Mr Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers,” Dorset Police said.
The body was discovered in the wreckage of the plane on Monday and the authorities were able to recover the body two days later, despite “challenging conditions”.
The Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) disclosed the operation had been carried out “as dignified a way as possible” and the men’s families were kept updated throughout, according to the BBC.
The Geo Ocean III, which was involved in finding the wreckage, took the body back to the nearest port of Portland in Dorset, where the body was formally identified to be Sala’s.
Pilot, David Ibbotson’s body is yet to be found.
Recall Nantes are holding out to have their money from Cardiff paid for Sala’s transfer.