Channel Islands Air Search: Sala missing plane is now a ‘recovery not rescue operation’

Channel Islands Air Search: Sala missing plane is now a ‘recovery not rescue operation’

A plane carrying the Cardiff striker lost contact with air traffic control on Monday night

The Channel Islands Air Search have said that a missing plane carrying Cardiff new signing Emiliano Sala is now a recovery operation, rather than a rescue one.

The forward, who signed for the Bluebirds from Ligue 1 side Nantes on Saturday, was on board a plane that went missing when travelling from France to Wales on Monday evening.

Guernsey Police spent the whole of yesterday and this morning searching for the light aircraft, however as of yet nothing has been found. The Channel Islands Air Search team have now confirmed that the mission has moved from a rescue to a recovery operation.

Chief officer John Fitzgerald said:

“I think very much it is that sort of recovery stage now.

“It’s trying to find parts of the aircraft, whatever is floating around the surface.”

A police spokesman also said that a “decision whether to continue [with the search] will be taken later today.”

Earlier today, Guernsey Police said they were considering four possibilities, one of which included Sala and the pilot making it onto the on board life boat after landing on water. Other outcomes involved the pair being rescued by a passing cruise ship, or that the plane lost contact after landing in the sea.

Officials from Cardiff – including chairman Mehmet Dalman – are currently in France trying to understand more about what happened. Dalman said that he would “not leave a single stone unturned until we have all the facts”, before stating that the club did not charter the flight.

Asked if Cardiff’s next Premier League match against Arsenal would be postponed following the incident, Dalman said that he “would be surprised if there was a change to the schedule”.

Nantes cancelled their training session today out of respect to the Argentinian.