Search for Cardiff strike and pilot has been called off after the pilot searching for them said there was no hope of finding them.
A pilot who has been amongst those searching for the missing plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala has said there is ‘no chance’ of finding the footballer or the pilot of the plane alive.
The search for the missing plane carrying Sala resumed Thursday morning after the search was suspended on Wednesday in the English Channel.
Mike Tidd, from Channel Islands Air Search, said this afternoon:
The area has been very well covered, there is absolutely no chance of finding anybody alive now, the only thing that we might be able to do would be to pinpoint where the aircraft went in, but I think the radar trace is going to be the best opportunity of doing that.
Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were on board the Piper PA-46 Malibu plane when it disappeared from radar en route from Nantes in France to Cardiff on Monday evening.
Rescue workers looking for the missing plane have found ‘no trace’ of the aircraft or its occupants, Guernsey Police said.
The search is over
According to the Sun UK, Guernsey Police confirmed it is ‘no longer actively searching’ for the missing pair or the light aircraft which vanished over the Channel Islands on Monday.
Harbour Master Captain David Barker said: “We have been unable to find any trace of the aircraft, the pilot or the passenger.
“We reviewed all the information available to use, as well as knowing what emergency equipment was on board, and have taken the difficult decision to end the search.
“The chances of survival at this stage are extremely remote.”
The search crew reportedly searched for 24 hours across three days and covered around 1,700sq. miles without finding a trace of wreckage or the victims.
Search pilot Mike Tidd added: “The area has been very well covered; there is absolutely no chance of finding anybody alive now.
“The only thing we might be able to do would be pinpoint where the aircraft went in but I think the radar trace is going to be the best opportunity of doing that.”
The small private plane carrying the Argentine striker from Nantes Airport to Cardiff when it went missing off Alderney in the Channel Islands on Monday night. The 28-year-old was set to be unveiled by Cardiff City as their new £15million signing the next day before his disappearance.