EMILIANO SALA SEARCH TEAM RECOVER BODY FROM PLANE WRECKAGE

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A body has been recovered from the wreckage of the plane which crashed with Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said specialist contractors joined the operation in “challenging conditions”.

It said, it was carried out in “as dignified a way as possible” and the men’s families were kept updated throughout.

The wreckage of the plane, which vanished two weeks ago over the English Channel, had been found off Guernsey.

The Geo Ocean III, the boat carrying the body, arrived at Portland Port in Dorset this (Thurs) morning as it is the nearest part of the British mainland to where the plane was located.

Dorset Police said: “The arrival of the body into Dorset has been reported to the coroner for Dorset.

“The coroner will investigate the circumstances of this death supported by Dorset Police. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.”

No formal identification has taken place, but the force said both families had been updated.