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Body recovered from seabed at plane crash site confirmed as Emiliano Sala

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Dorset Police have confirmed the body found amidst the wreckage of the Piper Malibu plane is that of Emiliano Sala.

The body of pilot David Ibbotson has not yet been found.

Police said the families of both men have been informed and that they 'will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers'.

GEO Ocean III, which helped find the wreckage, headed back to the UK on Wednesday night when it delivered the body to the Dorset Coroner for identification.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch say the recovery was carried out in 'as dignified way as possible'.

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.

– Air Accidents Investigation Branch
GEO Ocean III recovery vessel Credit: ITV News

Due to deterioration in the weather, the attempts to recover the plane wreckage have been unsuccessful and the AAIB have decided not to continue.

The organisation say video recordings, collected from their underwater robot, will provide 'valuable evidence' for their investigation.

Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the ROV to the ship. 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.

– Air Accidents Investigation Branch

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