Body recovered from wreckage of Sala plane

LONDON (AP) — Authorities have recovered a body from the seabed wreckage of a plane that was carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot.

However, British air accident investigators have yet to say whether the body was that of Sala, who had just signed with Premier League club Cardiff, or pilot David Ibbotson. They were the only people onboard the small aircraft that disappeared over the English Channel last month.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch says the body was recovered in "challenging conditions" with the "operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress."

The body will be handed over to a coroner, and police are expected to provide a confirmed identity of the body after a full examination.

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Flowers left on the statue of Cardiff City footballer Frederick Charles Keenor outside Cardiff City Football Club after a plane with new signing Emiliano Sala on board went missing over the English Channel on Monday night. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flowers left on the statue of Cardiff City footballer Frederick Charles Keenor outside Cardiff City Football Club after a plane with new signing Emiliano Sala on board went missing over the English Channel on Monday night. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flowers left on the statue of Cardiff City footballer Frederick Charles Keenor outside Cardiff City Football Club after a plane with new signing Emiliano Sala on board went missing over the English Channel on Monday night. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
FC Nantes' staff members stand in front of the FC Nantes training center of la Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, outside Nantes, on January 22, 2019 after the announcement of the vanishing of the plane carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff. - Former FC Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, who was juste hired by Cardiff, was on board of a missing plane that vanished from radar off Alderney in the Channel Islands according to French police sources on January 22, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
Nantes' French midfielder Samuel Moutoussamy leaves the FC Nantes training center of la Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, outside Nantes, on January 22, 2019 after the announcement of the vanishing of the plane carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff. - Former FC Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, who was juste hired by Cardiff, was on board of a missing plane that vanished from radar off Alderney in the Channel Islands according to French police sources on January 22, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
Nantes' football team Brazilian defender Fabio Da Silva leaves the FC Nantes training center of la Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, outside Nantes, on January 22, 2019 after the announcement of the vanishing of the plane carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff. - Former FC Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, who was juste hired by Cardiff, was on board of a missing plane that vanished from radar off Alderney in the Channel Islands according to French police sources on January 22, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture shows a camera at the entrance of the FC Nantes training center of la Joneliere after the announcement of the vanishing of the plane carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff, on January 22, 2019 in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, outside Nantes. - Former FC Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, who was juste hired by Cardiff, was on board of a missing plane that vanished from radar off Alderney in the Channel Islands according to French police sources on January 22, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
French Gendarmes are in faction at the entrance of the FC Nantes training center of la Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, outside Nantes, on January 22, 2019 after the announcement of the vanishing of the plane carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff. - Former FC Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, who was juste hired by Cardiff, was on board of a missing plane that vanished from radar off Alderney in the Channel Islands according to French police sources on January 22, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
French gendarmes are in faction in front of the entrance of the FC Nantes training center of la Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, outside Nantes, on January 22, 2019 after the announcement of the vanishing of the plane carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff. - Former FC Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, who was juste hired by Cardiff, was on board of a missing plane that vanished from radar off Alderney in the Channel Islands according to French police sources on January 22, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Investigators have not been able to recover the aircraft which was flying from Nantes to Cardiff after Sala transferred from the French city's team. However, the AAIB says that video from a remote underwater vehicle "is expected to provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation."

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