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Police say Sala survival hopes slim

23rd January 2019, 01:04 by Michael Holland

The chances of finding Emiliano Sala alive are "slim" if the plane carrying him landed in the English Channel, Guernsey Police say.

The French Civil Aviation Authority said Sala was aboard a light aircraft that disappeared from radar en route from Nantes to Cardiff on Monday evening.

Guernsey Police said the Piper PA-46 Malibu, a single turbine engine aircraft carrying two people, departed Nantes at 7.15pm for the Welsh capital and was flying at an altitude of 5,000ft.

On passing Guernsey it "requested descent", but Jersey air traffic control (ATC) lost contact with the plane while it was flying at 2,300ft.

After a 15-hour search from rescue teams, which covered an area totalling 1,155 square miles, Guernsey Police revealed that "a number of floating objects" were seen in the water, but they were "unable to confirm whether any of these are from the missing aircraft".

The search and rescue operation - which included multiple air and sea assets from the Channel Islands, UK and France - was suspended for the day at 1700 on Tuesday and will resume at sunrise on Wednesday morning.

A statement posted on the official Twitter account of Guernsey Police said: "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."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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