A body found in the wreckage of the plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been successfully recovered. Emiliano Sala remains missing, assumed dead while Pilot Dave Ibbotson is also feared to have perished.
The Remotely operated Vehicles (ROVs) were used in “challenging conditions” to pull the body out of the water “in as dignified a way as possible” the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said on Wednesday night.
The body is being taken to Portland to be passed over to the Dorset coroner for examination, the AAIB added.
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.
An AAIB spokesman said: “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.
“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.”
The AAIB said it expected to publish an interim report within the month.