ROOM – The chances of finding Emiliano Sala alive are now almost nil, seven days after his death. The search for the plane that takes the player and the pilot continues while Nantes prepares for a vibrant homage to La Beaujoire.
The essential thing about the disappearance of Emiliano Sala
- The search for the plane that took Emiliano Sala was resumed last Saturday, in particular, thanks to the money collected by an online kitten, a collection organized by the player's family. Exploration operations, led by oceanographer David Mearns, will focus on the seabed. Emiliano Sala disappeared on Monday, January 21, 2019, during a flight between Nantes and Cardiff, the city of his new club, Cardiff City. When he had just boarded the plane, Emiliano Sala expressed his concern about the state of the plane and left a message that resonates dramatically now: "I'm on the plane, it looks like it's going to fall apart."
- The clubs Nantes and Cardiff are preparing a huge tribute to the player during the matches this week: Arsenal – Cardiff on Tuesday and Nantes – Saint-Etienne on Wednesday.
- The open investigation into this plane crash will have cleared several gray areas. First, the pilot of the plane, the British David Ibbotson, did not have the license to realize a commercial flight and was not in day in his medical visits. In addition, in the Nantes airport register, a third name was indicated: that of Dave Henderson, a confirmed pilot. The British authorities announced that the investigation could last 12 months.
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Wednesday, the game Nantes – Saint-Etienne, the first of the Canaries since the disappearance of Emiliano Sala, promises to be full of emotions. Various tributes (songs, banners, typhus) are to be given by fans, while players will wear a warm-up shirt and portrait of Sala and the inscription "We love you Emi". During the meeting, they will wear a green armband as a sign of hope. It should also be remembered that no minute of silence or applause is expected, the club's audience respects the family's decision not to start mourning until no body has been found.
The online prize pool organized to fund the search for Emiliano Sala and the pilot of the plane is still open on the website The money and the amount raised continue to rise. This Tuesday morning, the total of donations is 366 thousand euros, while the goal is 300 thousand euros. Note this morning the donation of 3,000 euros made by Henner Sports, insurance broker specializing in sports and especially Synergie, one of the historic sponsors of FC Nantes.
FC Nantes said this morning on its website: "To preserve the privacy of players and employees, the flowers, candles and words placed in front of the Jonelière in support of Emiliano Sala were transferred to the stadium of La Beaujoire. you can put your brands of support. "The club also posted this video on their Twitter account:
David Mearns, who now co-ordinates the research of Emiliano Sala and the pilot of the missing plane, spoke yesterday and gave indications on the next operations to be carried out: "We mobilized a ship equipped with state-of-the-art research equipment, which will be used to the underwater search of the wreck in the area of the last radar contact (…) "The topographic vessel is being mobilized in Southampton and Depending on the weather, it will be repositioned in Guernsey on Thursday or Friday this week. According to current weather forecasts, we expect subsea research to begin this weekend, probably on Sunday. "
Also in the west of France, Jordan Veretout, who had the pain of facing mourning last year with Fiorentina (Davide Astori, the captain, died in his sleep on March 4, 2018) also refers to returning to the competition. after this drama: "When we entered the lawn, it was strong, but also very different from what the people of Nantes will live in. Davide is dead, Emiliano is not, family, club … Everything is mobilized by research and have hope, we knew there would be demonstrations of supporters. " The player trained in FC Nantes adds that returning to the sport is undoubtedly a good therapy: "The field was the only place where we thought less."
Despite his sadness since the announcement of Emiliano Sala's disappearance, Jordan Veretout also states in Ouest-France: "These are very difficult times, but as long as there is hope, we must always believe, no We must not let go, we must continue the search for the family , his friends and all those who support Emiliano ".
Jordan Veretout and Emiliano Sala have only met at FC Nantes since they left the club, the first in late July 2015 and the second in the previous week. That did not stop the two men from developing a friendship. The midfielder, who is now evolving at Fiorentina, is now relying on this in the columns of Ouest-France. "We spent three or four days together and I found a super cool man, always smiling, very cool," he recalls, referring to the month of July 2015, before evoke other memories, including a New Year's Eve party, passed with Sala and Nicolas Pallois: "It was a great moment, it's very difficult for me too."
Neil Warnock, the coach of Cardiff City, the club in which Emiliano Sla had just signed, seemed very moved yesterday at a press conference, mentioning the disappearance of the player. He also mentioned the pilot of the plane, David Ibbotson, whom he knew: "I flew with him, he was a fabulous pilot, so I do not understand what happened."
The search operations of Emiliano Sala and the missing pilot, abandoned Thursday by Guernsey police, were resumed on Saturday, under the urge of the Argentinean footballer's family, who raised money through an online kitten. has launched a private operation. The latter was entrusted to the oceanographer David Mearns, accustomed, with his company Blue Water Recoveries, to this type of mission. As the UK authorities last week, however, Mearns and his team face many challenges, including the search area. It is known that the plane carrying Emiliano Sala disappeared from the radar at 9:23 pm on Monday, January 21, about twenty kilometers north of Guernsey, near the island of Alderney, but the possible debris of the ship obviously could drift. We must also deal with a complicated climate (wind and strong waves are announced this week). After aerial and space exploration by airplanes and boats, David Mearns' team is now planning underwater searches, thanks to a specialized vessel coming from Southampton that should have been working since Sunday.
END OF THE DIRECT – According to Ouest-France, which obtained overwhelming documents, the pilot in charge of driving Emiliano Sala in Cardiff showed "total unprepared". David Ibbotson, in fact, according to the regional newspaper, presented two flight plans for the Nantes-Cardiff trip. One was scheduled for 9am and the other at 8pm. Anyone who prepared the flight via a banal app for the iPhone would also have cheated on the record of his aircraft, would have made some fanciful statements and other changes at the last minute. Worse still, the one who had no license to drive, according to Ouest-France, decided to fly in sight. A strange choice, while weather conditions were not adequate.
For the first meeting since Emiliano Sala's tragic disappearance on Wednesday, which will oppose Nantes to Saint-Etienne, the former team-mates will play with a green clamp, hopeful color, says LCI information. During the warm-up, the Nantes will wear a white shirt with a photo of Emiliano Sala as a tribute to the player.
As FC Nantes pointed out on their Twitter page last Monday, all the club's young teams showed their support throughout the weekend to the football player's relatives, and paid tribute to the player who ; he was & # 39; on all lawns, especially using a T-shirt with its effigy. As evidenced by the various photos provided by the club:
28/01/19 – 21:49 – The first 10 minutes of Nantes-ASSE are clear on Canal + Wednesday to honor the Chamber?
According to Ouest-France, the encrypted channel was considering transmitting the match between FC Nantes and Saint-Etienne on a clear Wednesday night. And for good reason, it will be Nantais' first game since the disappearance of Emiliano Sala. The final game of the 22nd day of Ligue 1 had to be postponed because of the dramatic event that took place last Monday. Highly prompted by Nantes's support, which can not be present for the tribute that will be made Wednesday night for the footballer, Canal + could pass the program in clear, or at least some to believe in the sports journalist Jean-Jacques Cassader. "Many of you want to see NANTES-ASSE next Wednesday so that as many honors as possible to Emiliano Sala, Canal + broadcast the pre-game and the first 10 minutes in clear" he actually tweeted the night of Monday.
Vahid Halilhodzic expects a very moving night on Wednesday night for the first game of Nantes since the disappearance of Emiliano Sala, a week ago, day by day. The latter will face Saint-Etienne in the stadium of La Beaujoire – Louis Fonteneau. "The fans are waiting for us to fight, we won," he told a news conference on Monday, "of course there will be excitement, it will have to be channeled and concentrated. […] There will be much sadness, nostalgia, but we must win to smile to our fans. We should not explode, we should crack. "
It has been known for several days that the flight of Emiliano Sala between Nantes and Cardiff was organized by Mark McKay, an agent who intervened in transferring the player to Cardiff City, and son of Willie McKay, another British agent known in the world of football. In addition, messages exchanged between Jack McKay, Willie McKay's other son and also Cardiff player, and Emiliano Sala to organize this trip were unveiled this weekend. Friday, January 18 – Jack McKay: "My father told me that you would be home tomorrow, I could take a plane to take you directly to Nantes and return Monday at the time that suits you, so that you can train on Tuesday . " Emiliano Sala: "Ah, it's great, I saw if there are flights to Nantes tomorrow." McKay: "He said he could arrange a flight to go directly to Nantes." Room: "How much will it cost?" McKay: "Nothing, he said that if you help me score goals, it will not cost anything." Hall: "Ha ha ha, with pleasure, we will score many goals". Room: "I want to go to Nantes tomorrow at 11am and come back Monday evening at 9pm in Cardiff, if possible." McKay: "Well, I'll text you when it's okay." Sunday, January 20 – McKay: "Hello, is it possible to return at seven o'clock Monday night?" "Simply because the driver has to return home after arriving in Cardiff." Room: "Hello, it would be possible at seven thirty." McKay: "good" Room: "[IMAGE DE BAGAGES] Can you ask if I can bring this on the plane? "McKay:" Well, yes. "Room:" But will everything be okay for the plane? "McKay:" Yes, there is space on the plane for your luggage. "Room:" OK ". Monday, January 21 (day of travel) – McKay: "I'll call you in a moment." McKay: "He said it was the same company." Room: "Okay thank you".
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The Argentine footballer boarded the PA 46 Malibu light plane, "The Piper Malibu," early on Monday night. This passenger plane took off at 20:15 from the airport of Nantes-Atlantique, with two people inside, the pilot David Ibbotson and Emiliano Sala, towards Cardiff (Wales). Scottish agent Jack McKay, involved in the transfer from Sala to Cardiff, confirmed that he had arranged the flight but said he was not the owner of the plane. The pilot who was in charge of the plane that took Emiliano Sala to Cardiff was a man named David Ibbotson, who had "more than 22 years of experience in international legal and financial services, especially in the banking areas.", According to Ocean Press. In addition, according to Ouest-France, another pilot, Dave Henderson, was a priori that he should board the plane with the player, but would have finally decided, at the last moment, not to board. Information denied by last. Current research focuses on this gray area.
The plane that boarded Emiliano Sala had disappeared from the radars at around 21:23 on Monday, January 21, after a message from the pilot requesting permission to lower the altitude and another message of no help received. The aircraft was flying approximately 700 meters when it lost contact. "What we do not know is if it was a controlled descent or if it was injured in the water," John Fitzgerald, one of the researchers, said last week that he believed the aircraft could go into flight or collide with water. The total electrical fault thesis seems more likely, according to Fitzgerald. The causes of the accident remain one of the mysteries related to this disappearance.
The death of Emiliano Sala and the pilot of the plane were clearly evoked last Tuesday by the researchers. Asked about their chances of survival, John Fitzgerald, one of the researchers, said: "If they are really in the water, then I would say no." The announcement of the termination of this search last Thursday suggests that rescue workers have given up all hope of finding the two men alive. The family of Emiliano Sala wants, she clings to the small hope that he will remain and therefore organized more research.
An important search device was launched Monday night by Guernsey police after the disappearance of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala, then re-released on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, to no avail. Emiliano Sala's plane was mainly sought in the Alderney area, in the Channel Islands. On Thursday afternoon, Guernsey police said he was definitely stopping the search to try to find the football player and his driver. They returned on Saturday after mobilizing the player's family, who managed to raise funds through an online kitten. This new private operation is led by David Mearns, specialist in this type of interventions and will be responsible, in particular, for exploring the seabed.
After the search was halted by Guernsey police, Emiliano Sala's family decided to launch an online kitten to fund a resumption of research by a private organization. The goal was achieved and the search was resumed on Saturday. The goal of 300,000 euros that was given was largely exceeded this weekend. This Tuesday, the total reaches almost 350 thousand euros and the donations continue arriving. Many anonymous and all the family of the soccer has mobilized in the last days. The most generous donors are Kylian Mbappé (30,010 euros), Adrien Rabiot (25,000 euros), Sport Cover, the company of Messa N & # 39; Diaye, the agent of the Room (20,000 euros), Dimitri Payet (10,000 euros). ), the professional football league (10,000 euros), Alassane Pléa (8,000 euros), the Kita family (6,000 euros), the UNFP (5,000 euros) …
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