Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Emiliano Sala plane: Body pulled from English Channel wreckage

Emiliano Sala plane: Body pulled from English Channel wreckage

The striker and pilot were on board the Piper Malibu N264DB aircraft which went missing more than two weeks ago between Nantes and Cardiff.

The Argentine, 28, had been due to take part in his first training session with his new team Cardiff City the next morning following the completion of a £15m ($19.4m) transfer to the English top flight club.

Earlier today Nantes reportedly demanded the £15 million transfer payment from Cardiff City.

BBC's report adds that Nantes are threatening legal action if they do not receive a payment from Cardiff within 10 days.

The Mirror reports that Nantes sent Cardiff an email last Thursday and followed up with a legal threat on Tuesday.

Authorities have recovered a body from the seabed wreckage of a plane that was carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot.

The aircraft remains 67 metres underwater 21 miles off the coast of Guernsey in the English Channel as poor weather conditions stopped efforts to recover it.

BBC Wales has learned the transfer fee is due to be paid in installments over three years with his former club Bourdeaux also entitled to a cut of the fee, thought to be 50 percent after Sala was on their books from 2012-2015 before joining Nantes.

Air accident investigators have confirmed that an attempt to recover the body found in the wreckage has begun.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch says the body was recovered in "challenging conditions" with the "operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress".

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