Emiliano Sala news latest: plane wreckage will be left at the bottom of the Channel, accident investigators say – Evening Standard

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Emiliano Sala news latest: plane wreckage will be left at the bottom of the Channel, accident investigators say – Evening Standard

The plane wreckage that was carrying footballer Emiliano Sala will not be recovered from the bottom of the English Channel, accident investigators have confirmed. 

It comes after a body found in the aircraft was removed from the crash site and “successfully” brought to shore on Wednesday. 

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has said poor weather conditions have hampered efforts to bring the wreckage to the surface and the decision was made Thursday to halt the operation. 

“Although it was not possible to recover the aircraft, the extensive video record captured by the ROV is expected to provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation,” officials said. 

A body recovered from the wreckage is transported to the Dorset Coroner. (PA)

On Thursday morning, the body was brought to Portland, Dorset, by the Geo Ocean III boat, and taken on a stretcher to an ambulance, before being transferred to the coroner.

The Piper Malibu plane carrying the footballer, 28, and pilot David Ibbotson, 59, was discovered off the coast of Alderney in the English Channel on Sunday.

The wreckage of Sala’s plane underwater (AAIB)

It has not been confirmed whether the body is that of Sala or Mr Ibbotson.

The wreckage was pictured for the first time on Sunday afternoon, when search teams located the Piper Malibu aircraft. It had disappeared on January 21 as it travelled from Nantes in France to Cardiff.

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

It remains 67 metres underwater 21 miles off the coast of Guernsey in the English Channel.


Marine explorer David Mearns, who was leading the search, said on Monday that the wreckage needed to be raised from the seabed as soon as possible to give Sala’s family answers.

Speaking before the body was recovered, he said: “There’s a much greater chance they will get answers if (the plane is) recovered.”

An official search operation was called off on January 24 after Guernsey’s harbour master David Barker said the chances of survival following such a long period were “extremely remote”

The AAIB has said their next update on the investigation will likely be an interim report to be released within a month of the accident occuring. 

Emiliano Sala – In pictures

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Emiliano Sala is unveiled as a new signing for Cardiff City in January 2019

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Emiliano Sala playing for Nantes in January 2019

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Emiliano Sala pictured with his Nantes teammates

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Emiliano Sala

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Nantes’ Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala celebrates in November 2018

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Emiliano Sala with his mother

Emiliano Sala

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Emiliano Sala’s sister shares an image of her dog Nala waiting for her brother Emiliano

Romina Sala

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Emiliano Sala playing for Nantes in January 2019

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Fans look on at the flowers and scarves placed outside Cardiff City Stadium in tribute to Emiliano Sala

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Front cover of the match day Cardiff City v AFC Bournemouth programme paying tribute to Emiliano Sala

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Daffodils, scarves and a flag left outside the stadium to pay tribute to Emiliano Sala before Cardiff City v AFC Bournemouth on 2nd February 2019

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Cardiff City and AFC Bournemouth observe a moment of reflection to honour Cardiff’s Argentinian striker Emiliano Sala

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Cardiff City’s Rhys Healey and teammates warm up wearing shirts with a picture of the football club’s new signing Emiliano Sala before their match v AFC Bournemouth

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Nantes soccer supporters form the name of Argentinian player Emiliano Sala

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Tottenham Hotspur and Watford hold a moments silence honouring Cardiff’s Emiliano Sala at Wembley Stadium

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The players list on the back of the Arsenal and Cardiff City match programme includes in the Cardiff team, the name of Emiliano Sala (bottom right) at the Emirates Stadium, London on 29 January 2019.

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Emiliano Sala with his ex-girlfriend Berenice Schkair, who talked of her heartbreak on Wednesday

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Romina Sala, sister of Emiliano Sala, reacts as she holds a press conference at Cardiff City Stadium on 25 January 2019

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Horacio Sala, father of Emiliano Sala, holds hands with his partner Liliana outside their home in Progreso, Argentina on 22 January 2019

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Air Accidents Investigation Branch showing the position where the wreckage of the plane which was carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala was discovered in the English Channel

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Dave Ibbotson, 60, who was flying the Piper PA-46 Malibu light aircraft at the time of the crash

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A cushion that investigators believe is wreckage from the plane carrying Emiliano Sala

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The wreckage of Sala’s plane underwater

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Flowers put in front of the entrance of the training centre La Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre

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Emiliano Sala is unveiled as a new signing for Cardiff City in January 2019

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Emiliano Sala playing for Nantes in January 2019

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Emiliano Sala pictured with his Nantes teammates


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Emiliano Sala



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Nantes’ Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala celebrates in November 2018

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Emiliano Sala with his mother

Emiliano Sala


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Emiliano Sala’s sister shares an image of her dog Nala waiting for her brother Emiliano

Romina Sala


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Emiliano Sala playing for Nantes in January 2019

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Fans look on at the flowers and scarves placed outside Cardiff City Stadium in tribute to Emiliano Sala

PA


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Front cover of the match day Cardiff City v AFC Bournemouth programme paying tribute to Emiliano Sala

REUTERS



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Daffodils, scarves and a flag left outside the stadium to pay tribute to Emiliano Sala before Cardiff City v AFC Bournemouth on 2nd February 2019

Action Images via Reuters


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Cardiff City and AFC Bournemouth observe a moment of reflection to honour Cardiff’s Argentinian striker Emiliano Sala

AFP/Getty Images


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Cardiff City’s Rhys Healey and teammates warm up wearing shirts with a picture of the football club’s new signing Emiliano Sala before their match v AFC Bournemouth

AFP/Getty Images


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Nantes soccer supporters form the name of Argentinian player Emiliano Sala

AP



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Tottenham Hotspur and Watford hold a moments silence honouring Cardiff’s Emiliano Sala at Wembley Stadium

AFP/Getty Images


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The players list on the back of the Arsenal and Cardiff City match programme includes in the Cardiff team, the name of Emiliano Sala (bottom right) at the Emirates Stadium, London on 29 January 2019.

AFP/Getty Images


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Emiliano Sala with his ex-girlfriend Berenice Schkair, who talked of her heartbreak on Wednesday


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Romina Sala, sister of Emiliano Sala, reacts as she holds a press conference at Cardiff City Stadium on 25 January 2019

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Horacio Sala, father of Emiliano Sala, holds hands with his partner Liliana outside their home in Progreso, Argentina on 22 January 2019

AP


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Air Accidents Investigation Branch showing the position where the wreckage of the plane which was carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala was discovered in the English Channel

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Dave Ibbotson, 60, who was flying the Piper PA-46 Malibu light aircraft at the time of the crash


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A cushion that investigators believe is wreckage from the plane carrying Emiliano Sala

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The wreckage of Sala’s plane underwater

AAIB


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Flowers put in front of the entrance of the training centre La Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre

AFP/Getty Images

Cardiff had signed Sala, a 28-year-old Argentinian striker, for a club record £15 million.

It has emerged that Nantes has demanded payment from Cardiff for the player’s transfer.

It is understood Cardiff received a letter from Nantes on Tuesday, in which the French Ligue 1 club threatened to take legal action if the first scheduled payment of the fee is not made within 10 days.

It is believed Cardiff have been left surprised by the demand, considering the circumstances and the timing, and would rather the investigation into the tragedy is completed first.

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