Body from plane wreckage identified as soccer player Sala
Updated 08:58, 08-Feb-2019

A body recovered from the plane wreckage in the Channel has been formally identified as Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, British police said on Thursday in a statement. 

"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," a Dorset police statement said.

It said his family has been noted with this update and is provided with help from specially-trained family liaison officers.

Police said the coroner would continue to investigate the circumstances of this death.

Cardiff posted the statement on their website, "We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano. He and David will forever remain in our thoughts," the Welsh club said.

Screenshot from Cardiff website

Screenshot from Cardiff website

The body, which was discovered on Wednesday by Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), was brought to Portland Port, Dorset, the nearest part of the British mainland to where the plane was located on Thursday morning for identification.

The Argentine player, 28, was en route from Nantes in western France on January 21 to make his debut for Premier League team Cardiff City when the plane disappeared over the English Channel.

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

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(With inputs from Reuters)