Body of Missing Footballer Emiliano Sala Found

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The wreckage of the plane that had carried Argentine football star Emiliano Sala has been found in the English Channel by a privately funded recovery crew hired by the star’s family after police called off the official rescue mission.

Sala’s plane, which carried him and the pilot, David Ibbotson, crashed more than two weeks ago during a trip from the French city of Nantes to the Welsh city of Cardiff.

Sala, 28, had recently signed a contract with the English Premier League club Cardiff City for a club record fee of about 17 million euros ($19m), after scoring 12 goals while playing for the French club Nantes.

He had been flying from Nantes to join his new Premier League team when the single-engine Piper Malibu aircraft lost contact with air traffic control and disappeared over the sea.

Argentine newspaper Clarin last month published a voice message that Sala apparently sent to friends while in the air.

“We’re up in the plane and it seems it’s about to crash,” said the message, which Clarin said was verified by Sala’s father, Horacio Sala.

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