Body recovered from wreck of Sala's plane in the ChannelSports | Feb 8, 2019
But bad weather has forced the Air Accidents Investigation Branch to abandon hopes of pulling the plane to shore.
The light aircraft was carrying the 28-year-old footballer to his new Premier League team Cardiff City when it disappeared near the island of Guernsey on January 21, along with 59-year-old pilot David Ibbotson.
A shipwreck hunter hired by Sala's family with the help of funds donated by football stars such as Lionel Messi found the plane wreckage on Sunday. The AAIB, which then took over the operation, revealed that an unidentified body had been found at the site.
"In challenging conditions, the AAIB and its specialist contractors successfully recovered the body previously seen amid the wreckage," the branch said.
However, attempts to recover the aircraft during the underwater operation were unsuccessful.
Sala was flying to join up with Cardiff from French team Nantes in what was the most expensive signing in the Welsh club's history.