Four attempts for take-off should have been a warning

Date: 4 February 2019
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Four attempts for take-off should have been a warning

4 February, 2019 - Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala, was a passenger on the Piper PA-46 Malibu plane which vanished from radar around 20 kilometres north of the Channel island of Guernsey, with pilot Dave Ibbotson the only other person aboard.

An intensive search failed to find any trace of the missing aircraft but seat cushions believed to be from the stricken plane have been washed up on the Normandy coast. Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), which is probing the disappearance of the light aircraft on 21 January said French counterparts had advised it on 28 January that debris had been discovered at Surtainville on the Cotentin Peninsula in north-western France.

It has been alleged that the pilot took four attempts to take off before it vanished over the English Channel and only left the airport at 7.15 pm.

Sala was flying in the after transferring from French team Nantes to Premier League club Cardiff City.

Rescue workers suspended the official search for the aircraft last Thursday after an intensive hunt involving planes and boats failed to locate it. The AAIB has now commissioned a "specialist survey vessel" equipped with sonar equipment to scour the seabed. If wreckage is found, a remotely operated vehicle will be used to visually examine the wreckage. Due to the weather and sea conditions, it expected to start the three-day underwater search at the end of the weekend of 2/3 February. A priority search area of approximately four square nautical miles based on a detailed assessment of the flight path and last known radar position, has been identified for the search.

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