Detectives investigating the death of Cardiff signing Emiliano Sala have arrested an individual on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act, the Dorset (England) Police Department announced on Wednesday.
"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," Detective Inspector Simon Huxter said in a statement.
"As part of this investigation we have to consider whether there is any evidence of any suspected criminality and as a result of our enquiries we have today, Wednesday 19 June 2019, arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act. He is assisting with our enquiries and has been released from custody under investigation."
Huxter added: "As is standard practice, we will not be releasing any further information as to the identity of the individual who has been arrested unless that person is charged to appear in court."
The statement said police would provide no further details on the man's identity at this stage.
Dorset police are investigating the circumstances of Sala's death and said they have been providing updates to the Argentine's family as well as the family of the pilot of the aircraft, David Ibbotson.
A plane carrying Sala and Ibbotson went missing from radar over the English Channel on Jan. 21 after the player had finalised a deal to join the Premier League club. The plane was travelling from Nantes, France, to Cardiff, Wales.
Sala's body was identified in the wreckage of the plane on Feb. 7.