Footballer Emiliano Sala's family grieved on Friday after British authorities formally identified his body as the one recovered from the submerged wreckage of a plane that went down in the Channel more than two weeks ago.
The inquest was opened at Dorset Coroner's Court in Bournemouth today as a fundraising appeal for the search of missing pilot David Ibbotson rose to £150,000.
There will now be an interim investigation that is expected to be concluded within the next 6-12 months. The Argentine forward, who scored his last goal for Nantes on December 5 in a 3-2 win over Marseille, was killed in a plane crash last month and his body was recovered from the wreckage on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 authorities said.
Ibbotson, from Crowle, Lincolnshire, was on his way to Nantes to Cardiff along with Sala when their plane crashed near Guernsey.
Fifty-nine-year-old Ibbotson was flying the plane that carried 28-year-old Sala from Nantes to Cardiff when the Piper Malibu crashed into the sea on 21 January.
"To date the pilot, Mr Ibbotson, has not been found".
Mr Sala's body was recovered last week and taken to Dorset.
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The post-mortem presented at the hearing gave Sala's cause of death as "head and trunk injuries".
Nantes coach Vahid Halilhodzic, who excelled when he himself was the club's striker, said he felt a special attachment to Sala, who he described as a "lovely lad".
Tan has vowed to help the family where possible, along with assisting Air Accident Investigation Branch in their attempt to determine the cause of the incident.
Tributes have poured in for the footballer, who had just transferred to Cardiff, but never got to play with his new team.
Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe donated £27,000 ($49,000) while Gary Lineker submitted £1,000 ($1,800) to the search and shared it on his Twitter account.
Meanwhile, Cardiff cancelled the club's trip to Tenerife for a mid-season break so players can mourn Sala's death with their families.