New Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala was on missing plane, no survivors expected

Emiliano Sala, the new striker for third-tier Premier League team Cardiff City, was on board a light aircraft that went missing over the English Channel on Monday night. According to the Associated Press, there are not expected to be any survivors.

The plane, which was carrying two people, took off from Nantes at 7:15pm local time on Monday night, and was headed to Cardiff. According to the BBC, the plane contacted air traffic control in Jersey to request descent when it was flying at 5,000 feet. The plane disappeared from radar when it was at 2,300 feet, and air traffic control alerted Britain’s Coastguard at 8:23pm local time when it couldn’t contact the plane. The plane did not make a distress call.

Sala, 28, was signed by Cardiff City less than a week ago for over $19 million, a club record. He’s played for FC Nantes of France for the last four years. Sala had been in Cardiff last week to sign the transfer, which was waiting for international clearance. He had traveled back to Nantes to say goodbye to his teammates, and was headed to Cardiff once again to start his Cardiff City career.

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Flowers left on the statue of Cardiff City footballer Frederick Charles Keenor outside Cardiff City Football Club after a plane with new signing Emiliano Sala on board went missing over the English Channel on Monday night. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flowers left on the statue of Cardiff City footballer Frederick Charles Keenor outside Cardiff City Football Club after a plane with new signing Emiliano Sala on board went missing over the English Channel on Monday night. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
Flowers left on the statue of Cardiff City footballer Frederick Charles Keenor outside Cardiff City Football Club after a plane with new signing Emiliano Sala on board went missing over the English Channel on Monday night. (Photo by Ben Birchall/PA Images via Getty Images)
FC Nantes' staff members stand in front of the FC Nantes training center of la Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, outside Nantes, on January 22, 2019 after the announcement of the vanishing of the plane carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff. - Former FC Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, who was juste hired by Cardiff, was on board of a missing plane that vanished from radar off Alderney in the Channel Islands according to French police sources on January 22, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
Nantes' French midfielder Samuel Moutoussamy leaves the FC Nantes training center of la Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, outside Nantes, on January 22, 2019 after the announcement of the vanishing of the plane carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff. - Former FC Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, who was juste hired by Cardiff, was on board of a missing plane that vanished from radar off Alderney in the Channel Islands according to French police sources on January 22, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
Nantes' football team Brazilian defender Fabio Da Silva leaves the FC Nantes training center of la Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, outside Nantes, on January 22, 2019 after the announcement of the vanishing of the plane carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff. - Former FC Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, who was juste hired by Cardiff, was on board of a missing plane that vanished from radar off Alderney in the Channel Islands according to French police sources on January 22, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture shows a camera at the entrance of the FC Nantes training center of la Joneliere after the announcement of the vanishing of the plane carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff, on January 22, 2019 in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, outside Nantes. - Former FC Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, who was juste hired by Cardiff, was on board of a missing plane that vanished from radar off Alderney in the Channel Islands according to French police sources on January 22, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
French Gendarmes are in faction at the entrance of the FC Nantes training center of la Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, outside Nantes, on January 22, 2019 after the announcement of the vanishing of the plane carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff. - Former FC Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, who was juste hired by Cardiff, was on board of a missing plane that vanished from radar off Alderney in the Channel Islands according to French police sources on January 22, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
French gendarmes are in faction in front of the entrance of the FC Nantes training center of la Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, outside Nantes, on January 22, 2019 after the announcement of the vanishing of the plane carrying Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala from Nantes to Cardiff. - Former FC Nantes striker Emiliano Sala, who was juste hired by Cardiff, was on board of a missing plane that vanished from radar off Alderney in the Channel Islands according to French police sources on January 22, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP) (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Sala tweeted a photo of himself and his now-former FC Nantes teammates over the weekend, captioned with “The last goodbye.”

Guernsey police told the Associated Press that over 1,000 square miles had been searched by five aircraft and two lifeboats, but no trace of the aircraft had been found. The search was called off due to strengthening winds, but will resume.

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