Argentine football professional Emiliano Sala was on board a small plane that plunged into the English Channel. The search for the missing machine continues.
A small plane with the Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala on board disappeared on Monday evening on the flight from Nantes to Cardiff around 20 kilometers north of the channel island of Guernsey. The local police announced this. The pilot asked the flight control on the neighboring island of Jersey to reduce the altitude. Then the contact with the tower broke. The machine is believed to have fallen into the English Channel. The water temperature is currently only around ten degrees Celsius, and the chances of survival are slim.
A search operation lasting several hours at night was unsuccessfully canceled due to strong winds, rough seas, and poor visibility, but was resumed on Tuesday morning by helicopter from the British and French coast guards. Two people are said to have been on board the missing plane next to the pilot.
The 28-year-old striker Sala had made the perfect move from Cardiff City to the English Premier League last Saturday from French first division club FC Nantes, for whom he scored twelve times in 19 games. The Welsh are said to have paid the club record transfer fee of around 17 million euros. “This is something special for me,” said Sala after signing his contract for three and a half years. Cardiff currently occupies only 18th place in the table.