Inquest into death of Emiliano Sala adjourned

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An inquest has been opened and adjourned looking into the death of footballer Emiliano Sala.

A post-mortem examination carried out by a Home Office pathologist has given Sala’s cause of death as “head and trunk injuries”.

The hearing took place at Bournemouth Town Hall and lasted for five minutes. In the absence of of Sala’s family it has been adjourned until November.

I am aware there are further investigations that are on-going; investigations being conducted by the police, Air Accidents Investigation Branch and by the Civil Aviation Authority.

I am aware that in relation to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch’s report into their investigations, they are not likely to be concluded for a period of between six and 12 months.

On that basis I am going to fix a pre-inquest review hearing for November 6 at 10am.

– Brendan Allen, Acting senior Dorset coroner

The Piper-Malibu light aircraft was flying Argentine footballer Sala from Nantes in France to Cardiff when it crashed off the coast of Guernsey three weeks ago.

A private underwater search was funded to find the missing plane and Sala’s body was then recovered from the wreckage.

Senior coroner’s officer Ian Parry confirmed Emiliano Sala was pronounced dead at Portland port on February 7 and was formally identified by fingerprints.

Pilot David Ibbotson is still missing. Poor weather conditions meant a “difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close”, a spokesman for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said on Wednesday.

A fundraising campaign to restart the search for him has already raised more than £157,000 of a £300,000 target.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, his daughter Danielle said her father would not give up looking for her if she was missing, so she would not give up on him.

A donation under the name of broadcaster and former footballer Gary Lineker of £1,000 is registered on the page, which he shared with his 7.2 million Twitter followers on Saturday.

The aircraft remains underwater off the coast of Guernsey.

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