Newly signed Argentine-born Cardiff City striker Emilio Sala could have died after a small plane he was traveling in went missing while flying over the English Channel on Monday evening.
The plane carrying the player reportedly went off the radar at around 8:20 PM on Monday leading to the Jersey Air Traffic Control sending signals to the Guernsey Coast guard who dispatched a lifeboat to the area.
However, after combing about 11,000 sq. miles around the area where the plane is suspected to have vanished, the Chief Executive of the Channel Islands Air Search John Fitzgerald issued a statement stating that they were no longer on a rescue mission considering the extremely cold temperatures of the waters.
Mr. Fitzgerald also stated that they had seen floating objects in the waters but could not determine whether the objects were wreckages from the plane.
Sala was reportedly in the plane alone with only his pilot at the time his plane vanished from air traffic and control radar.
A final WhatsApp Audio from Emilio Sala has been released in which he seems to be talking to his friends in a group chat. In the audio, Sala is heard saying that he is in a plane from Nantes and it seems like it will fall apart. He also tells them that if they do not hear from him in an hour and a half, then maybe they could send someone to look for him.
“Hey little brothers, how are you crazy people? Brother, I am dead, I was here in Nantes doing things, things, things and things and it never stops, it never stops. I’m here on a plane that looks like it's about to fall apart, and I am going to Cardiff, crazy tomorrow we already start, and in the afternoon we start training, boys in my new team. Let’s see what happens. So how are you, brothers and sisters? If in an hour and a half you have no news from me, I don’t know if they will send someone to look for me because they cannot find me, but you know, Dad, how scared I am.” Sala is heard saying in the audio.
On Tuesday morning, Cardiff canceled their training activities with the Club’s Chief Executive Ken Choo visiting the players to offer them emotional support.
Sala got signed to the Club last Saturday from Ligue 1 side Nantes for 15 Million pounds in a three-and-a-half year contract deal.
Football fans from all teams came out in large numbers to pay their tributes to Sala for the better part of Tuesday.
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