Footballer feared dead after Piper Malibu plane reported missing

A footballer, who has signed for Cardiff City, is missing after his private jet—a Piper Malibu plane—went missing from radar screens last night (21 January).

French Police have confirmed that Emiliano Sala was on a light aircraft that disappeared from the skies ever the English Channel Islands, near Alderny.

Air Traffic Control said the Argentine was travelling back from Nantes, France to Cardiff in the UK and the 28-year-old was on the way to meet his new Cardiff City team members.

A statement released by Guernsey Police, said: “Guernsey Coastguard received an alert at 20.23 from Jersey ATC, that a light aircraft had gone off their radar approximately 15 miles north of Guernsey, initiating a major search and rescue operation involving both St Peter Port and Alderney lifeboats. Air Search 1 and 2 HM Coastguard helicopters are also involved in the search.

“The PA 46 Malibu, a single turbine engine aircraft was on route from Nantes in France, to Cardiff in Wales, with two people on board when it was lost off radar as Jersey ATC was attempting to make contact.”

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