The plane was discovered on Sunday by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). Following the cancellation of the official search, David Mearns led a privately-funded search for the aircraft which had been missing since January 21. The AAIB said: “Following extensive visual examination of the accident site using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), it was decided to attempt recovery operations.
“In challenging conditions, the AAIB and its specialist contractors successfully recovered the body previously seen amidst the wreckage.”
Two vessels, including one commissioned by the AAIB, using sonar had been taking part in a fresh search when they discovered the wreckage.
In total, the fundraising campaign had reached more than £260,000 for the search.
The AAIB also added: “Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the ROV to the ship.
“The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close.”
The AAIB also confirmed that the body will be taken to Portland, Dorset where it will be passed onto the county coroner.
The 28-year-old footballer had been travelling in the plane with David Ibbotson, 59, from Crowle, North Lincolnshire, who was at the controls when the flight lost contact with air traffic controllers
Unfortunately, they also confirmed that it wasn’t “possible to recover the aircraft”.
An interim report will be released in the next month as the AAIB begin their investigation.
After the initial search was called on January 24, Guernsey’s harbour master David Barker said the chances of survival following such a long period were “extremely remote”.
Mr Mearns and his teen had discovered the wreckage just hours into their search but despite that, he still praised the official investigation team.
He said: “No-one should walk away with the impression that the Coastguard and also the Channel Islands air search did anything other than a professional job.”