By Ian Herbert For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:30 GMT, 11 February 2019 | Updated: 23:15 GMT, 11 February 2019
The investigation into the crash that claimed the life of Emiliano Sala is likely to take a year to conclude and cannot be used by Cardiff City as a reason to delay paying Nantes for the player, Sportsmail can reveal.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) indicated that the average time taken to complete such an inquiry is 12 months.
The inquiry will include interviews with the Piper Malibu's owner, whose identity must be made known to the AAIB.
Fans laid yellow flowers in front of a portrait of Emiliano Sala at Nantes' Beaujoire stadium
A body found in plane wreckage at the bottom of the Channel was identified as Sala last week
Although Cardiff have indicated that they do not intend to make any moves until the conclusion of official investigations into the crash, in which pilot David Ibbotson also died, legal experts