Cardiff City New Signing Emiliano Sala Confirmed To Be On Missing Plane
Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala has been confirmed to be on a missing Aircraft that was destined for Cardiff, before disappearing near the Channel Islands on Monday evening, French authorities have confirmed.
Malibu aircraft disappeared from radar near the Casquets lighthouse,off the coast of the island of Guernsey. at about 8:30pm on Monday.
£18m Sala ,who signed for Cardiff City was expected to return to Cardiff on Monday night after he flying back to Nantes to sort out his personal affairs and to say goodbye to his friends and team-mates.
Before returning to Nantes , Sala flew to Cardiff on Friday morning to undergo a medical, which was completed at around 5pm. He passed it but was not expected to train with his new club till Monday.
Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman
“We are very concerned by the latest news that a light aircraft lost contact over the Channel last night.
“We are awaiting confirmation before we can say anything further. We are very concerned for the safety of Emiliano Sala.”
Guernsey Police said In A Statement
“Guernsey Coastguard received an alert at 20:23 from Jersey ATC, that a light aircraft had gone off their radar approximately 15 miles north of Guernsey, initiating a major search and rescue operation involving both St Peter Port and Alderney lifeboats. Air Search 1 and 2 HM Coastguard helicopters are also involved in the search.
“The PA 46 Malibu, a single turbine engine aircraft was on route from Nantes in France, to Cardiff in Wales, with two people on board when it was lost off radar as Jersey ATC was attempting to make contact.
“A search model was created on SARIS, based on the likely ditching position, and all search and rescue assets were tasked to the area.
“The search was terminated at 02:00, with all search and rescue assets being stood down, due to strengthening winds, worsening sea conditions and reducing visibility.
“At this time, no trace of the missing aircraft had been found.
“The aircraft departed Nantes at 1915 for Cardiff. The aircraft was flying at 5000 feet. The aircraft on passing Guernsey requested descent. Jersey ATC lost contact whilst it was flying at 2300 feet.
“Air Search 1 and a French rescue helicopter based in Cherbourg, resumed the search of the area at 08:00.”
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