A body has been recovered from the wreckage of the plane which crashed with Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has said.

The Piper Malibu aircraft was found on the seabed of the English Channel on Sunday morning but strong tidal conditions hampered the operation to remove the body.

In a statement, the AAIB said: "Following extensive visual examination of the accident site using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), it was decided to attempt recovery operations.

"In challenging conditions, the AAIB and its specialist contractors successfully recovered the body previously seen amidst the wreckage. The operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress.