Football stars allegedly died after the plane disappeared over the English Channel


Argentine soccer star Emiliano Sala was allegedly killed after a small plane which he and others inside were missing in the English Channel, according to reports and the French civil aviation authority.

Single engine aircraft, Piper PA-46 Malibu, departed at 7:15 a.m. Monday from the French city of Nantes and headed to Cardiff, the capital of Wales, when it suddenly disappeared off the coast of Guernsey, an island in the English Channel, officials said.

At 8:23 a.m., the island's coast guard received a warning that the plane had taken off their radar about 15 miles north of Guernsey, pushing for a large search and rescue operation that continued until Tuesday, officials said.

"The plane passing through Guernsey asked to get off," police said in a statement, noting that the plane flew at an altitude of 2,300 feet when it lost contact.

The interim search was stopped at 2am because of strong winds and deteriorating sea conditions, which reduced visibility, and resumed Tuesday morning, officials said.

In an update Tuesday, Guernsey police said, "So far more than 1,000 square miles have been searched for by a total of five planes and two lifeboats … There are no traces of the plane. The search continues."

Sala's father, Horacio, told Argentine television station C5N that he was "confused" by the news.

"I don't know anything, I have no information. I don't believe, this is extraordinary," Horacio said. "I'm confused. Hopefully everything is fine."

Sala, 28, flew to Wales to join English Premier League club Cardiff City, officials said.

Cardiff City signed a young striker last Saturday for the $ 19 million reported in a deal that lasted until 2022 – a club record.

"We are very concerned about the latest news that a light plane lost contact through the Channel last night. We are waiting for confirmation before we can say further. We are very concerned about Emiliano Sala's security, "Mehmet Dalman, chairman of Cardiff City, said in a statement, according to The Guardian.

Sala, who plays with French football club FC Nantes, has returned to France after signing a contract with Cardiff City and is scheduled for Cardiff for training on Tuesday.

On Monday, he posted a photo of himself and his former teammates on Instagram, writing: "Congratulations on the last stay @FCNantes."

During the weekend, Cardiff City football club posted a video of Sala on his Facebook page.

"I can't wait to start training, meet my new team mates and start working," Sala said in the video.

Sala joined FC Nantes in 2015 and has scored 42 goals for the club.

Meanwhile, Nantes has postponed Wednesday's French Cup match with L & # 39; Antente Sannois Saint-Gratien in the middle of the search for Sala.

With Post cable


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