Plane carrying Cardiff City's Sala goes missing over English Channel


Guernsey Police revealed that the search is focused on a scenario whereby those on board made it to a life raft after landing on water, although other theoretical outcomes are also being considered.

Football fans across the world are praying for Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala, hoping that he survived after his aircraft went missing over the English Channel.

Nantes' Coupe de France fixture against Entente SSG, which was set to be played on Wednesday, has been postponed.

As of 5 pm on Tuesday, search and rescue operations were suspended due to the poor light.

Cardiff City have not released a statement about the incident but told Sky News they were "seeking clarification" as to whether Sala was on the plane.

The 28-year-old Sala, who has been playing for French club Nantes, signed for Premier League team Cardiff on Friday for a club record fee.

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Cardiff's statement came after the French Civil Aviation Authority's confirmation that Sala was on board the plane.

"We have found no trace of the missing plane", Guernsey harbor master Capt. David Barker said.

The search for the plane carrying new Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala and pilot Dave Ibbotson has ended tonight after resuming this morning.

"Coming to Emiliano's case, the authorities stated that they have searched for 1,155 square miles and did spot some floating objects on water, but weren't able to confirm if they were from the missing plane". "The sea temperatures are very, very cold and just sap the core temperature of anybody in the water very, very quickly". The plane then lost contact while at 2,300 feet and disappeared off the radar.

Sala, 28, who had been at Nantes since 2016 and had scored 12 league goals this season, had signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with relegation-threatened Cardiff subject to receiving global clearance.

When his move to Cardiff was announced, he said: "It gives me great pleasure and I can't wait to start training, meet my new teammates and get down to work".