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Emiliano Sala cause of death revealed as inquest hears he was identified by finger print evidence

Wales Online logo Wales Online 11/02/2019 Jon Doel
a man smiling for the camera: Emiliano Sala has been confirmed dead © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Emiliano Sala has been confirmed dead

Emiliano Sala died of "head and trunk injuries", an inquest has heard.

Dorset Coroner's Court has been told the footballer was identified by finger print evidence. The inquest was adjourned until a later date.

The Air Accident Investigation report into what caused the accident will not be published for six to 12 months, but an interim report is due within a fortnight.

A body was recovered from the plane wreckage in the English Channel last week, with police confirming on Thursday night that it was that of Sala.

Image shows plane wreckage on the seafloor © AP Image shows plane wreckage on the seafloor Related: Who is the shipwreck hunter that found Sala's plane?

Who is the shipwreck hunter that found Sala's plane? © Sky News Who is the shipwreck hunter that found Sala's plane? Following the tragic news, the 28-year-old's sister Romina has posted a moving tribute to her brother on social media.

“Your soul in my soul will shine forever, thus illuminating the time of my existence. I love you," she wrote on Instagram.

Related: In pictures - Nantes pay tribute to Sala (Reuters)

Related: Family vow to find pilot of Sala plane

Pilot David Ibbotson © GoFundMe Pilot David Ibbotson

The AAIB confirmed on Wednesday that they had successfully recovered the body from the plane wreckage in "challenging conditions", while the operation to recover the aircraft was aborted.

The Piper Malibu N264DB aircraft disappeared over the English Channel on January 21 after leaving Nantes in France for Cardiff.

Watch: Former club Nantes pay emotional tribute to Sala (Sky News)

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The plane had requested to descend then lost contact with Jersey air traffic control.

Pilot David Ibbotson remains missing.


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