Attempt begins to recover body from Sala’s crashed plane

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) have confirmed they are attempting to recover the body found in the wreckage of the plane carrying Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.

The Piper Malibu aircraft was found at the bottom of the English Channel on Sunday morning and the AAIB has confirmed one occupant of the plane is visible in the underwater wreckage.

However, the AAIB says strong tidal conditions are hampering the operation to remove the body.

A statement read: “We are attempting to recover the body. If we are successful, we will consider the feasibility of recovering the aircraft wreckage.

“Strong tidal conditions mean we can only use the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for limited periods each day and this will mean that progress is slow.”

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