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Body identified as Cardiff City’s Sala

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CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 02: The Cardiff City mascot shows its respects for Emiliano Sala during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and AFC Bournemouth at Cardiff City Stadium on February 2, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

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The body recovered from the wreckage of a plane in the English Channel islands’ seabed near France is in fact Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala.

Sala and pilot Dave Ibbotson were lost at sea on a flight from France to Wales, where Sala was set to begin life as Cardiff City’s record signing.

[ WATCH: Cardiff City salutes Sala after goal ]

A body was identified by remote vehicle earlier this week, and recovered Wednesday evening.

Here’s a timeline of events that precipitated the identification of Sala’s body.

Jan. 22 -- Plane carrying pilot Dave Ibbotson and Sala is reported missing, search begins.

Jan. 24 -- Police call off first search for plane.

Jan. 25 -- Nantes criticizes cancelation of first search.

Jan. 28 -- American scientist funds second search for plane, Sala, Ibbotson.

Jan. 30 -- Seat cushions found, suspected to be from plane.

Feb. 2 -- Cardiff plays first match since plane goes missing, team salutes Sala during goal celebration.

Feb. 3 -- Wreckage found

Feb. 4 -- Video shows one body visible in wreckage of plane.

Feb. 6 -- Nantes demands payment from Cardiff for Sala.

Feb. 6 -- Body recovered from plane, taken for identification

Feb. 7 -- Body identified as Sala.

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