Body identified as Cardiff City’s Sala

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The body recovered from the wreckage of a plane in the English Channel islands’ seabed near France is in fact Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala.

Sala and pilot Dave Ibbotson were lost at sea on a flight from France to Wales, where Sala was set to begin life as Cardiff City’s record signing.

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A body was identified by remote vehicle earlier this week, and recovered Wednesday evening.

Here’s a timeline of events that precipitated the identification of Sala’s body.

Jan. 22 — Plane carrying pilot Dave Ibbotson and Sala is reported missing, search begins.

Jan. 24 — Police call off first search for plane.

Jan. 25 — Nantes criticizes cancelation of first search.

Jan. 28 — American scientist funds second search for plane, Sala, Ibbotson.

Jan. 30 — Seat cushions found, suspected to be from plane.

Feb. 2 — Cardiff plays first match since plane goes missing, team salutes Sala during goal celebration.

Feb. 3 — Wreckage found

Feb. 4 — Video shows one body visible in wreckage of plane.

Feb. 6 — Nantes demands payment from Cardiff for Sala.

Feb. 6 — Body recovered from plane, taken for identification

Feb. 7 — Body identified as Sala.