The bodies of Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been recovered from the plane crash last January 21st. The bodies were found and recovered as dignified as possible and were brought to Dorset to be examined by a coroner and postmortem examinations.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) of Dorset Police had conducted the investigation following the attempt to recover the wreckage of the plane that carried the footballers across the English Channel two weeks ago. An AAIB spokesperson reported that the bodies were recovered properly, but the wreckage could not be lifted up yet due to extreme weather conditions that could jeopardize the functionality of the remotely operated vehicles (ROVs.)
Formal identification has to take place yet, but the families of Sala and Ibbotson were already informed of the recovery and the incident and were now in contact with a specially-trained family liaison officer to give counsel on the sudden loss of the footballers.
The wreckage of the plane crash has been discovered last Sunday after a few days of search and rescue operation that started on January 24, a few days after the plane was reported as lost in radar. The aircraft remains have been tracked down by renowned “Shipwreck Hunter” – ocean scientist David Mearns and his team have located the aircraft crash location two hours after they commenced their search operations. The plane wreckage was said to be found 67 meters below the sea surface.
The last contact made by the plane pilot was a request to perform an emergency landing to the air tower at Jersey. So far, no statement from the airfield has been released, but it was speculated that the airplane was on its way to the airfield to perform the emergency landing. Unfortunately, it had not made its way to the said location.