Sala was flying from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff when the plane lost radar contact off the English Channel island Guernsey late on Monday
Cardiff City’s new soccer star Emiliano Sala was on board a light aircraft that disappeared en route to the Welsh capital for his club debut, France’s civil aviation authority said yesterday.
Sala was flying from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff when the plane lost radar contact off the English Channel island Guernsey late on Monday.
Rescue aircraft and boats had searched more than 1 000 square miles of sea for the single-engine Piper Malibu by midday yesterday, but: “no trace of the missing aircraft had been found,” Guernsey police said.
The 28-year-old Argentine-born forward joined struggling Cardiff City from FC Nantes last week for a club record fee of about 17 million euros
($19 million). He had played in France since 2012.
John Fitzgerald, chief executive of Channel Islands Air Search, said: “From what I gather, nothing has been seen as yet. If they are wearing the right dry suits or they got into a life raft, then the probability is not too bad.
“If they are in the water without any protection, the water is really too cold at the moment for any form of survival beyond an hour or so,” Fitzgerald told reporters. – Reuters