Emiliano Sala search: Body recovered from plane wreckage as Nantes start legal action | Football | Sport

Emiliano Sala search: Body recovered from plane wreckage as Nantes start legal action | Football | Sport

Emiliano Sala: A body has been recovered from the plane that was carrying Sala (Image: GETTY*REUTERS*PA) The plane carrying Sala and being flown by Ibbotson went missing on January 20 as it travelled from Nantes to Cardiff following his transfer to the Premier League club. Sala had completed a move to Cardiff just days earlier


Emiliano Sala: A body has been recovered from the plane that was carrying Sala (Image: GETTY*REUTERS*PA)

The plane carrying Sala and being flown by Ibbotson went missing on January 20 as it travelled from Nantes to Cardiff following his transfer to the Premier League club.

Sala had completed a move to Cardiff just days earlier and was saying his goodbyes to team-mates and friends.

But the aircraft went missing over the Channel and was eventually 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.

And now it has been confirmed that a body has been ‘successfully recovered’ but attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful.

READ MORE: EMILIANO SALA’S FAMILY KNOW HE’S DEAD

“The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close,” the AAiB said in a statement.

This comes as Nantes begin legal proceedings against Cardiff for the first part of the transfer fee to be paid.

Cardiff agreed to sign Sala for a club-record £15m and are being asked for around £5m that they owe from the first instalment.

It is understood that 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.

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Emiliano Sala: The statement from the AAIB in full (Image: AAIB)

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Emiliano Sala: The plane the was carrying Emiliano Sala was found a the bottom of the channel (Image: REUTERS)

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Emiliano Sala: The search for Sala’s plane took two weeks (Image: AP)

Although Nantes were entitled to the first instalment of Sala’s fee by now, Cardiff have been left surprised by the demand given the circumstances and the timing.

It is also reported that Bordeaux are entitled to a cut of the fee for Argentinian striker Sala, who was on their books from 2012 to 2015 before joining Nantes.

On Saturday at Cardiff’s home Premier League match against Bournemouth, the Cardiff players held up a T-shirt bearing the image of Sala, who never played a game for the club, after the team scored in the fifth minute.

Fans were handed daffodils as they entered the Cardiff City Stadium. In the 28th minute, a round of applause swelled around the stadium as fans sang Sala’s name.

On January 30, Nantes payed tribute to their former player. Referee Frank Schneider stopped play in the Ligue 1 match against St Etienne for a minute of applause during which Nantes coach Vahid Halilhodzic was in tears.

The search for Sala began the Monday morning after it emerged the plane had gone off the radar and had not completed its journey.

However after days of looking through the Channel the police ended the search when it was deemed highly unlikely either man would be found alive.

But a private search was funded by Sala’s family and several high profile footballers which led to marine oceanographer and scientist David Mearns being employed to hunt for the aircraft.

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Emiliano Sala disappeared on January 20 as his plane went off the radar (Image: GETTY)

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Emiliano Sala: Tributes were paid to the Argentine during Cardiff’s last Premier League game (Image: PA)

His team managed to locate the wreck off the coast of Alderney in the English Channel on Sunday.

Mearns then called on the plane to be recovered to help the investigation into what went wrong.

He gave an interview to Argentine news outlet Clarin where he claimed the families of both men knew they were dead but were desperate for the bodies to be recovered.

“The most important thing is the body,” he said.

“Recovering the body is the most important for these families. The plane is a different matter and is related to determining the cause of the accident.

“But what these families know at this moment is that both died and what they want is to recover their bodies.”

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Emiliano Sala: The plane carrying Sala was found by David Mearns (Image: PA)

Mearns also suggested it would be incredibly difficult to lift the wreckage out of the water and revealed one way they could look to recover the body.

“I did not see the video,” he said when asked if he knows exactly where the body is. “They are going to ensure the body and this can be done in different ways.

“They can load it, they can put a line through it or in the case that is in the seats, they could possibly put a hook or a rope.

“Potentially, you can also put it in a basket, through the seats. Put the body in the basket and then, upload it. There are many ways of doing it.”



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