The football world was thrown into shock when news broke that the plane carrying Cardiff City’s new signing, Emiliano Sala, was missing.
#Breaking Cardiff City’s Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala was aboard a small passenger plane that went missing off the coast of the island of Guernsey, France’s civil aviation authority confirms pic.twitter.com/Ic1wVbhZkx
— Press Association (@PA) January 22, 2019
Sala, who had just penned a new deal worth $19m with the English Premier League side, had gone back to greet his former team mates at FC Nantes and tell them goodbye before finally flying to the Welsh capital. Unfortunately this was not to be as his plane encountered problems in the English Channel and never landed in Cardiff.
— Emiliano Sala (@EmilianoSala1) January 21, 2019
As soon as reports started coming about the plane’s disappearance, authorities launched a full-fledged search for the missing plane in a bid to find and rescue its occupants – the football player and the plane’s pilot. But so far, the search has been futile, yielding no positive results.
There is "no hope" of finding missing Emiliano Sala alive, a rescue official has said.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 23, 2019
Authorities have now changed the theme of the search from a rescue operation to a recovery operation as the possibility of the player being alive looking bleaker with each passing second.
Emiliano Sala is an Argentine professional football player. He was born 0n the 30th of October, 1990 in Santa Fe, Argentina. Sala plays as a forward and had previously played for French clubs Bordeaux and Nantes before signing his new contract with Cardiff City.
Former team mates and close friend of the player have revealed that Sala, who flew in the same plane to France, had complained that the plane had encountered problems mid-flight and shook violently on his flight in. they claim that he didn’t feel too secure about going back with the same plane. Many of them had not expected him to fly back to England on the same aircraft.
The plane was a single propelled aircraft built to fly short distances.
The flight back to England was doomed from the start a reports claim that the plane had four failed take-off attempts before finally taking to the air.
Sala’s Last Message From The Plane
Argentine outlet Olé has leaked the alleged final WhatsApp audio message sent by Emiliano Sala to what appears to be a group chat with friends from Argentina: "How are you doing you crazy people? – you can hear the plane's propeller in the background https://t.co/k7G2ulW4mR
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) January 22, 2019
According to reports, Sala had recorded and sent one last voice note on Whatsapp where he predicted the plane’s imminent crash and revealed that he was scared for his life. Although the voice note was recorded in a calm tone, he said:
“Hello, little brothers, how are you crazy people? Brother, I’m dead, I was here in Nantes doing things, things, things, things and things, and it never stops, it never stops, it never stops. I’m here on a plane that looks like it’s about to fall apart, and I’m going to Cardiff, crazy, tomorrow we already start, and in the afternoon we start training, boys, in my new team… Let’s see what happens, so, how are you brothers and sisters, all right? If in an hour and a half you have no news from me, I don’t know if they are going to send someone to look for me because they cannot find me, but you know … Dad, how scared am I!”
Football fans all over the world have reacted to this apparent tragedy by posting prayers and tributes to the Argentine player.
An unofficial memorial service was held in Nantes, France where several fans and well-wishers placed wreaths, cards and flowers after the new broke out on Tuesday.
Nantes have announced that today’s training session would be open to up to 300 members of the public. A portrait of the player has been placed in a street in the city, and would also soon be placed outside the stadium, to give more well-wishers an opportunity to place flowers, candles and messages of support near it.
— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) January 23, 2019
While a few clubs are already posting condolence messages, others are still holding out, hoping that something good comes out of the search being carried out by English Authorities.
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) January 23, 2019
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) January 22, 2019
🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Emiliano Sala pic.twitter.com/UQEBegNf7y
— Andrés Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) January 23, 2019
After scoring his goal in yesterday’s 2-0 win against Barcelona, Sevilla striker, Ben Yedder, also paid tribute to Sala.
After scoring against Barcelona on Wednesday, Wissam Ben Yedder paid tribute to Emiliano Sala 🙏 pic.twitter.com/RJBKphDNLU
— Goal (@goal) January 23, 2019
All of us here at reterdeen are also holding out with the hope that by some miracle, Sala would be found alive.
We will bring to you any subsequent updates on the search. Meanwhile, you can join the world and say a little prayer for this man, Emiliano Sala and his pilot.