Emiliano Sala died of 'head and trunk injuries', inquest told

Posted February 13, 2019

The family of a pilot still missing after a plane crash which killed Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala has launched a new fund to try and recover his body.

The body recovered from plane wreckage in the English Channel was that of professional football player Emiliano Sala, Dorset police said in a statement after it was brought to Portland Port, Dorset, on Thursday.

Allen told the hearing this was because an Air Accidents Investigation Branch inquiry into the tragedy, could take between six months and a year. "The families of Mr. Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers".

It led to the discovery of the Piper PA-46 Malibu aircraft and a body, which was formally identified as Sala.

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Saturday's game comes after Sala's former club Nantes said they would retire their No 9 shirt in honour of the footballer.

The appeal for the body's search was initiated by Ibbotson's family members after the authorities stopped the search on January 24, 2019.

FILE - In this his file photo taken on November 4, 2018, Argentine soccer player, Emiliano Sala, of the FC Nantes club, western France, reacts after scoring during a soccer match against Guingam, in Nantes, France.

A post-mortem examination was carried out in Bournemouth by Home Office forensic pathologist Dr Basil Purdue.

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The Welsh club hoped Sala would would help them avoid relegation from the world´s most lucrative league this season after signing him from Nantes for a club record fee.

Ibbotson's family, on Friday, opened a fundraising page in a bid to resume the search.

Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe donated £27,000 ($49,000) while Gary Lineker submitted £1,000 ($1,800) to the search and shared it on his Twitter account.

Mrs Ibbotson said they have not been in contact with the family of Sala as they are both grieving, but said "we've always thought about them" and she sent her "deepest condolences".

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