Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala died of "head and trunk injuries," an inquest in England heard Monday as it began to examine his death in a plane crash in the sea.
In a brief hearing in Bournemouth on the south coast, an inquest into Sala's death was opened, and adjourned until November 6 pending further inquiries.
Sala was formally identified by fingerprints.
Sala, 28, had signed for English Premier League side Cardiff City and was flying to his new team from his old club Nantes in France when his plane went missing over the Channel on January 21.
The wreckage was located on the seabed. The striker's body was recovered but pilot David Ibbotson is still missing, with the plane remaining under the sea.
A fundraising campaign to restart the search for Ibbotson is already more than half way to its 300,000 pound (385,000 U.S. dollar) target.
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