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Search for Cardiff City striker, Emiliano Sala postponed


Emiliano Sala missing plane: “no trace” of the aircraft, and the chances of survival are “unfortunately slim”, police says.

The search for a missing plane carrying a pilot and a Premier League footballer has been called off for the night.

The search for Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala resumed on Wednesday 36 hours after the light aircraft he was flying on disappeared in the English Channel.

Sala was on board a light aircraft which disappeared en route from Nantes to the Welsh capital on Monday evening.

The other person on board has now been named as British pilot Dave Ibbotson, a 60-year-old dad of three.

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Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were in the plane that vanished from radar on Monday.

Guernsey Police say that there has been “no trace” of the aircraft, and the chances of survival are “unfortunately slim”.

Guernsey Police said an “intensive” nine-hour search found no trace of the missing aircraft. A decision on whether to resume will be taken on Thursday.

A rescuer said there was “no hope” of finding the 28-year-old Argentine or pilot from Crowle, Lincolnshire, alive.

Channel Islands Air Search chief officer John Fitzgerald said “even the most fit person” would only survive for a few hours in the water.

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Guernsey Police said the search, involving “multiple aircraft and one lifeboat”, was halted as the daylight had faded.

As part of rescue efforts, police have been looking at satellite images and mobile phone data.

Sala reportedly sent a WhatsApp voice message before the flight. Sounding conversational and jokey, he said he was “so scared”.

Media in Argentina reported he said: “I’m on a plane that looks like it’s going to fall apart.”

Mr Ibbotson from Lincolnshire has been named by police as the pilot.

Mr Fitzgerald said: “Sadly, I really don’t think, personally, there is any hope. At this time of year the conditions out there are pretty horrendous if you are actually in the water.”

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Humberside Police said specially trained officers were supporting Mr Ibbotson’s family, adding they had “asked for privacy at this difficult time”.