A body has been successfully recovered from the wreckage of the plane that went down in the English Channel with Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala on board.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed late on Wednesday that the victim, who has not been publicly identified, will now be passed to the Dorset Coroner, having been recovered with the help of specialist contractors.
The Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared with Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board on January 21.
A private search was launched, backed by donations from the public, after authorities halted their initial efforts to find the plane and the wreckage was found underwater on Sunday, 24 nautical miles northwest of Guernsey.
The AAIB said one of the occupants was visible amid the remains of the plane and have now confirmed that a recovery has been successful.
However, it said attempts to retrieve the aircraft have been stopped due to bad weather.