Horrible: Body of Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala discovered in plane wreckage

- 2/09/2019
A tragedy in the world of football. After a nail biting search, hopes of survival shattered after Dorset
Police say the body recovered from a plane which crashed in the English Channel some weeks ago,
has been officially been identified as Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala.
cardiff striker Emiliano sala

The 28 year old Sala and pilot David Ibbotson 59, have been missing since the plane they were flying in lost contact with Air Traffic Control on Monday, January 21.

The chances of finding anyone alive was slim. The Piper Malibu aircraft was found on the seabed of the English Channel on Sunday morning - and the footballer's body was spotted and recovered from the wreckage by Wednesday.

Police statement on Emiliano Sala's body

Here is the official statement by Dorset Police:
 "The body(Emiliano Sala's 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. Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.

"HM Coroner will continue to investigate the circumstances of this death supported by Dorset Police.

"On Monday 21 January 2019, a plane carrying both men was flying from Nantes to Cardiff when it lost contact with Air Traffic Control, north of Guernsey.

"Sadly a search and rescue operation was unsuccessful in locating the plane and the two occupants.

Sala's multi million pound transfer from Nantes to Cardiff had been announced just two days before the plane went down.

Sala's Cryptic WhatsApp audio message before plane Crash

"Hello, my brothers, how are you? Boy, I’m tired. I was here in Nantes taking care of things, things, things, things, things, things, and it never stops, it never stops, it never stops. Anyway guys, I’m up in this plane that feels like it's falling to pieces, and I’m going to Cardiff. [It's] crazy, we start tomorrow. Training in the afternoon, guys, in my new team... Let's see what happens. So, how's it going with you guys, all good? If in an hour and a half you have no news from me, I don't know if they are going to send someone to look for me because they cannot find me, but you will know... Man, I'm scared!"


Emiliano sala body and plane wreckage
Plane wreckage where Emiliano Sala's body was found

Devastated Fans have been paying tribute to Sala at a shrine outside the Stade de la Beaujoire.

Sala a popular goalscorer for the French club, joined Nantes in 2015.

What would have been his new club, Cardiff released this statement: "We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano.

"He and David will forever remain in our thoughts."

Argentine born Emiliano Sala 1990-2019
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