The Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala He died of "head and trunk injuries," according to a judicial investigation in England, which on Monday held a hearing on his death in a plane crash in the English Channel. Sala, 28, had just signed for Cardiff City of the English Premier League football and was flying to the Welsh city to join his new team, having left the French club of Nantes, when his plane disappeared while flying over the channel of La Mancha on January 21.
The remains of the device were found more than two weeks later at the bottom of the sea. The striker's body was recovered, but his driver, the British David Ibbotson, is still missing. The plane remains submerged. In a brief sight in Bournemouth, in the south coast of England, a judicial investigation was opened on Monday on the death of Sala.
The autopsy presented at the hearing determined that the cause of Sala's death was "head and trunk injuries." Sala was formally identified by his fingerprints. In English law, these judicial investigations are conducted to examine sudden or unexplained deaths.
Its purpose is to determine the identity of the deceased, the place and time of death, as well as the manner in which death occurred. But they do not seek to establish responsibilities. "The police, the Air Accident Investigation Office and the Civil Aviation Authority are continuing their investigations," forensic officer Ian Parry said at the hearing.
After the British authorities decided last week to abandon underwater operations, a fundraising campaign was launched to relaunch the search for Ibbotson, which has already reached half of its target of 300,000 pounds (385,000 dollars, 340,000 euros).
"If you have hope, you should not give up," his daughter Danielle told Britain's ITV TV. The Nantes paid a final tribute to Sala on Sunday: all his players wore a black dress, without its characteristic yellow, with the name of Room written on the back of each shirt.
Tickets for the game were sold at a symbolic price of nine euros in memory of the Argentine player's shirt number, which was withdrawn.