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.
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.
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.
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.