Monday night came as a shock to many in the world of Football as a plane carrying newly signed Cardiff City Striker, Emiliano Sala, disappeared from the radar off of the Channel Islands.

Since the evening of the 21st, Guernsey Police have been on high alert treating the situation as a search and rescue mission.

The officials have stated today that they used multiple aircraft over the space of five hours to search 280 square miles of water but still haven’t found any signs of the missing plane.

The Argentine forward signed to Cardiff from Ligue 1 side FC Nantes on Saturday for £15m. Monday evening saw him take a plane from Nantes scheduled to reach the Welsh capital later that night.

However, the aircraft went missing just off the coast of the Channel Islands with no trace of Sala nor the pilot.

South American press released audio obtained from Sala’s mates in France of a voice note sent over WhatsApp regarding the flight.

In the voice recording sent on a group chat, Emiliano said: “I am here in the plane and it feels like it’s falling to pieces”. He later stated he was scared before cutting contact with the chat.

The plane Sala boarded was a small Piper PA-46. Looking at the weather conditions in the UK over the past week it looks like the possible plane crash could have been caused by high windspeed.

Despite the Guernsey Police still in search for the 28-year-old and fans praying for his safety, many have speculated that he is presumably dead.

Around 5pm the Police wrote on Twitter that after a nine-hour search with different aircraft and lifeboats, no trace of the plane could be found.

A decision whether to recommence the search will be taken early tomorrow morning.

Emiliano’s sister is expected to come to Cardiff while Nantes fans mourn in France for their former striker.

The Argentine forward scored 12 goals in 19 games for the Ligue 1 side.

Photo by Sandro Schuh on Unsplash

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