Sala's body recovered from plane wreckage

A poster of Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala reading

A poster of Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala reading"Let's keep hope outside La Beaujoire stadium

Emiliano Sala had been en route to new club Cardiff City.

The aircraft went missing over the Channel and was found on the seabed 60m below on Sunday evening - two weeks later - before it emerged that a body could be seen in the wreckage on Monday.

Last night, emotely operated Vehicles (ROVs) were used in "challenging conditions" to pull the body out of the water "in as dignified a way as possible" the British Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

In a statement police said: "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 all", police said.

The plane had requested to descend before it lost contact with Jersey air traffic control.

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

Guernsey harbourmaster Captain David Barker called their chances of survival "extremely remote" , but a number of high-profile football figures and members of the public answered the family's calls to fund a private search operation.

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A van stands by the Geo Ocean III specialist search vessel, right, docked in Portland, England, which is carrying a body recovered from the wreckage of the plane carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, Thursday Feb. 7, 2019.

"The body brought to Portland Port today has been formally that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala", police in Dorset, the county where the body was taken, said on Twitter.

It comes after Nantes had opened legal proceedings against Cardiff over the payment of the transfer fee.

Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman described Sala's disappearance as a "tragic accident" but said the light aircraft was not organised by the club. Cardiff are said to be "surprised" with the timing of the demand so soon after the tragedy.

The Argentine player has been honoured with tributes at matches in both the Premier League and Ligue 1 in France. In the 28th minute, a round of applause swelled around the stadium as fans sang Sala's name.

The plane vanished from radar around 20 kilometres north of Guernsey.

"If you have not heard anything from me in an hour and a half, I don't know if they're going to send someone to find me, because, you know, they're not going to be able to", the message said. Divers can also get down to that depth.

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