Emiliano Sala died of head and chest injuries when his plane crashed into the English Channel last month, an inquest heard today.

The 28-year-old footballer, who had just signed for Cardiff City, was identified by his fingerprints after his body was recovered from the sea by a specialist team.  

Wales Online report that: "The inquest has heard Emiliano Sala was identified by finger print evidence.

"The cause of death, which was established after a post-mortem, is given as head and chest injuries. A pathologist described the cause of death as “head and trunk injuries”.

"The inquest has been adjourned. The full AAIB investigation into the plane crash is expected to take between six and 12 months, although an interim report is due within a fortnight."