The authorities in charge of the recovery operation have successfully recovered a body on Wednesday night.

The wreckage of the Piper Malibu aircraft which went missing on 21st January had been found at the weekend but efforts to recover the aircraft were stopped due to adverse weather conditions.

Now that a body was found, it will be passed on to the Dorset Coroner who will confirm the identity of the recovered body.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) had said in a statement that a body could be observed in the middle of the wreckage and have now confirmed that the recovery operation has been successful.

“Following extensive visual examination of the accident site using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), it was decided to attempt recovery operations,” said the AAIB.

“In challenging conditions, the AAIB and its specialist contractors successfully recovered the body previously seen amidst the wreckage. The operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress.

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Nantes supporters pay tribute to their former striker Emiliano Sala. (Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images)

“Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the ROV to the ship. ย The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close. The body is currently being taken to Portland to be passed into the care of the Dorset Coroner.

“Although it was not possible to recover the aircraft, the extensive video record captured by the ROV is expected to provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation.

“We expect our next update to be an interim report, which we intend to publish within one month of the accident occurring.”

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Emiliano Sala and Ken Choo CEO on January 18, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Cardiff City FC/Getty Images)

This comes after news that Salaโ€™s former club Nantes have requested Cardiff City, which had acquired the striker before his disappearance, to pay the ยฃ15 million transfer fee just the same.

Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman responded insisting that the payment will be made “when we think it’s the right time to do it”.

When he asked about why payment will not be made instantly by Lโ€™Equipe, Dalman said: “The first reason is that the body has not been recovered yet,”

“We must show respect to the family. There is a process for recovering the plane.”

 

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