What a sad story for Nantes, Cardiff and the footballing world at large with Cardiff record signing Emiliano Sala confirmed dead after investigators confirmed the recovery of the Italian from the wreckage of his plane that went missing sometime last month.
A body which was pulled out of the plane found in the English Channel at the bottom of the ocean north of Guernsey has been identified as Emiliano Sala.
iDONSABI.com earlier reported that the plane in question was carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson only to go missing after calling for an emergency radar.
Search parties had been organized with the police and security officials leading a search party for about three days before the search was called off.
However, Sala’s family raised the funds – from the International football community – to keep the search alive. It was this private search team that had announced finding the wreckage of the plane at the bottom of the English Channel on the 4th of February.
The wreckage of the plane was found some 67 metres underwater, 21 miles off the coast by David Mearns aka the Shiphunter just two hours into his search.
A body was found inside the wrecked Maribu plane with the body ID’d as that of Sala. The families of Sala and David Ibbotson have already being contacted following the recovery. That said, the whereabouts of the pilot still remains unknown.
In the wake of this discovery, Sala sister, Romina paid a tribute to her brother with a post of the former Nantes forward on Instagram and an accompanying caption which read:
“Your soul in my soul it will shine forever thus illuminating the time of my existence. I love you, tito.”
The Air Accidents Investigation branch (AAIB) have promised to publish a report do detail all about the search sometime this month.