Cardiff City’s most recent signing Emiliano Sala, is said to have been on board the plane that vanished over the English channel on Monday, December 22.
Sala signed for Cardiff City from FC Nantes on Saturday, January 19, and was on his way to bolster Neil Warnocks squad in England’s topflight when the plane was reported missing.
ITV News reported the development after speaking to French journalist Arnaud Wajdzik, who said that French police and Nantes Football Club confirmed that Sala was on the plane.
BREAKING NEWS: There are growing concerns new @CardiffCityFC striker Emiliano Sala was on board an aircraft that has gone missing.
— Sky Sports (@SkySports) January 22, 2019
Authorities have launched a search and rescue mission after the small aircraft said to have been carrying two people disappeared off the radar in the English channel.
Guernsey Police say the light aircraft disappeared on Monday evening north of Alderney.
OFFICIAL: There is "genuine concern" that Cardiff City’s record signing Emiliano Sala was on a flight which disappeared between France and Cardiff last night.
They are “seeking clarification” as to what happened with a search for the flight-craft currently underway. pic.twitter.com/e3k88qviOu
— Squawka News (@SquawkaNews) January 22, 2019
English football has fallen victim to a recent rise in aircraft accidents involving a number of high profile individuals in the football fraternity.
If reports are true that Emiliano Sala was being flown from Nantes to Cardiff on a Piper Malibu, serious questions meed to be asked of all parties involved. A single engine prop plane is not appropriate for that flight. Why wasn't a twin engine jet used? pic.twitter.com/pFSAWcUfxZ
— Adam Petruccione (@AdamPetruccione) January 22, 2019
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