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Soccer player Sala’s private jet goes missing over English Channel

Emiliano Sala
Emiliano Sala

Cardiff City soccer player Emiliano Sala was on board a missing jet after losing radar contact over the English Channel late on Monday, 21st January, Reuters reported citing a French police sources on Tuesday.

British and French coastguards scoured the seas off Guernsey on Tuesday searching for the single-engine plane after it went missing on its way from Nantes in western France to the Welsh city of Cardiff.

The 28-year-old Argentine forward, who had played in France since 2012, joined the Premier League strugglers Cardiff City from FC Nantes last week for a club record fee of around $19.32 million.

Local coastguards were informed by air traffic control at 20:23 GMT that an aircraft with two people on board had gone missing. Lifeboats and helicopters were sent out but the search was suspended four hours later due to bad weather conditions, however, search teams resumed work on Tuesday morning.

"At this time no trace of the missing aircraft had been found," Guernsey police said.

Sala had scored 12 league goals in 19 appearances for Nantes in France's Ligue 1 this season before switching this week to Cardiff.