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GUERNSEY Police said yesterday that “a number of floating objects” have been found in the English Channel but were unable to confirm whether they are from the plane which was carrying new Cardiff signing Emiliano Sala — and that chances of survival for those on the missing plane are now “slim.”
Sala, 28, was on his way back to Wales after saying goodbye to his Nantes teammates Monday night when contact was lost with the aircraft.
In a statement posted to their Twitter account, Guernsey Police said: “During the course of the 15-hour search, which used multiple air and sea assets from the Channel Islands, UK and France, a number of floating objects have been seen in the water. We have been unable to confirm whether any of these are from the missing aircraft.
“We have found no signs of those on board. If they did land on the water, the chances of survival are at this stage, unfortunately, slim.
“Two planes and a lifeboat are still searching. A decision about an overnight search will be taken shortly.”
Cardiff’s executive director Ken Choo expressed his shock and distress at hearing the plane carrying a new striker went missing.
Choo said in a statement: “We were very shocked upon hearing the news that the plane had gone missing. We expected Emiliano to arrive last night into Cardiff and today was due to be his first day with the team.
“Our owner, Tan Sri Vincent Tan, and chairman, Mehmet Dalman, are all very distressed about the situation.
“We made the decision first thing this morning to call off training with the thoughts of the squad, management staff and the entire club with Emiliano and the pilot.
“All of us at Cardiff City FC would like to thank our fans, and the entire footballing family for their support at this difficult time.
“We continue to pray for positive news.”
Former club Nantes was due to play Entente Sannois in the French Cup today but the third-tier club said it was postponed until Sunday “following the disappearance of the plane of former player Emiliano Sala.”
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