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

The inquest into the death was opened in Bournemouth on Monday afternoon at 1.30pm.

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 fingerprint 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.”

Assistant Dorset Coroner Brendan Allen, sitting in Bournemouth, adjourned the inquest until November 6.

Emiliano Sala was flying to Cardiff from Nantes on January 21 when the plane, a Piper Malibu crashed into the sea.

The Argentine footballer’s body was recovered from the wreckage on the seabed last week and taken to Portland, which is why the opening of the inquest was held in Dorset. The body of pilot David Ibbotson is still missing.

On Monday morning, Good Morning Britain presenter Richard Madeley was criticised for what was seen as an “insensitive” interview with Ibbotson’s wife and daughter in which he questioned why they wanted to search for the body.

“So let’s be clear, you’re not asking for the wreckage of the aircraft to be brought up because experts are saying that’s pretty much impossible given the conditions you’ve mentioned,” he said.

“But the one body has been brought to the surface, and now clearly there’ll be a funeral, and you want the same privilege if it’s possible, and you’ve been told that that process if successful would cost about £300,000, and I’ve just been told that your find has reached 140 after just a few days, so you’re almost halfway there.

“Tell us just why it’s so important to recover the person that’s lost. Psychologically, why’s it so important to you to have him back?”

Viewers criticised Madeley’s approach on social media.

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