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Man Arrested Over Plane Crash Death Of Footballer Emiliano Sala

British police have arrested a man on suspicion of manslaughter in connection with the death of Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala in a plane crash in January.

Sala, 28, was flying from his previous club Nantes in western France to Wales to join Cardiff City when the Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared over the English Channel.

Photo: AP

Dorset Police confirmed on Wednesday it had arrested a 64-year-old man from North Yorkshire on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act.

"We have carried out a wide-ranging investigation into the circumstances of the death of Mr Sala and continue to work with partner agencies including the Civil Aviation Authority," said Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Police in a statement.

“He is assisting with our enquiries and has been released from custody under investigation.”

The statement said police would provide no further details on the man’s identity at this stage.

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The families of Sala and pilot David Ibbotson have been kept updated on the investigation.

David Mearns directed a privately-funded underwater search operation on behalf of the Sala family, working with the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB). The plane wreckage was discovered on February 3.

Memorial outside Cardiff City Stadium. Photo: Getty

Memorials were set up at both Cardiff City and Nantes stadiums, as fans paid their tributes to Sala.

With Reuters.