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Coroner hears Sala died of injuries to ‘head and trunk’

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The UK coroner is considering the circumstances of Sala's death. Photo: Twitter
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An autopsy has found that Cardiff City soccer player Emiliano Sala died from injuries to his head and torso when his plane crashed in the English Channel.

The evidence came a coroner’s hearing in the British city of Bournemouth on Monday, three weeks to the day since the crash that killed Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.

The single-engine aircraft was flying from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff, where Sala was due to start a new career playing for the Welsh capital’s Premier League club.

British Home Office pathologist Dr Basil Purdue gave the cause of Sala’s death as “head and trunk injuries”.

Argentine player Sala’s body was recovered from the seabed wreckage last week but Mr Ibbotson is still missing. His family say they will never give up hope of finding him.

Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Mr Ibbotson’s daughter Danielle said her father would not give up looking for her if she was missing, so she would not give up on him.

“If you’ve got hope then you shouldn’t give up,” she said. “He wouldn’t stop searching for me.”

She added: “We still hope and pray and hope everyone keeps my dad in their prayers.”