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    In this image released Monday Feb. 4, 2019, by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) showing the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration N264DB that went missing carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala, when it disappeared from radar contact on Jan. 21 2019.

    Body Recovered From Wreckage of Plane Carrying Soccer Star Emiliano Sala

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    Investigators recovered an unidentified body on Wednesday from the wreckage of the plane that was carrying soccer star Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.

    Investigators have not yet been able to identify the body due to poor weather.

    ​"Following extensive visual examination of the accident site using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), it was decided to attempt recovery operations," officials with the UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch said in a statement. 

    "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."

    "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," it added.

    The AAIB previously announced earlier this week on Monday that officials, using an ROV, were able to find a body from the crash site.

    The Pipe Malibu plane carrying Sala was reported missing in late January after it disappeared near the island of Alderney in the English Channel. Officials found the crash site two weeks after the plane initially disappeared from radars.

    Nantes soccer team supporters stand by a poster of Argentinian player Emiliano Sala and reading Let's keep hope outside La Beaujoire stadium before the French soccer League One match Nantes against Saint-Etienne, in Nantes, western France, Wednesday, Jan.30, 2019
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    Nantes soccer team supporters stand by a poster of Argentinian player Emiliano Sala and reading "Let's keep hope" outside La Beaujoire stadium before the French soccer League One match Nantes against Saint-Etienne, in Nantes, western France, Wednesday, Jan.30, 2019

    At the time of the crash, Sala was on his way to Cardiff, where he was set to join Cardiff City FC in a transfer from France's FC Nantes.

    The AAIB is expected to publish a full report on the fatal crash within one month.

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