Cardiff City striker confirmed dead after police announce identification of body recovered from plane in English channel

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The Cardiff striker, who had been missing since January 21st has died aged 28

A body that was recovered from a plane which crashed in the English channel has been formally identified as Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala.

The familes of Sala and the pilot of the plane David Ibbotson have been informed, Dorset Police have confirmed.

The Cardiff players paid tribute to Sala during their match against Bournemouth last weekend

The Cardiff players paid tribute to Sala during their match against Bournemouth last weekend

Dorset Police said in a statement: “The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday February 7 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.”

The Piper Malibu N264DB plane lost contact with air traffic control over the Channel, north of Guernsey, on Monday January 21.

An initial search and rescue operation failed to locate the plane but it was later discovered by the Air Accident Investigation Branch and privately funded search teams.

Many tributes were left for Sala before his death was confirmed

Many tributes were left for Sala before his death was confirmed



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