During his final goodbye to his teammates in Nantes Sala said that he feared for his safety ahead of the flight.
Speaking in Spanish he said: ‘Hey guys, how is it going? Brother, I am really tired now. I was over in Nantes sorting things out, doing this, doing that.
Message allegedly sent by Sala during flight claims he was ‘scared’‘I am now aboard a plane that seems like it is falling to pieces.
I’m going to Cardiff now, crazy, and tomorrow we get going. I will train with my new team tomorrow.’
A little later he asks if everyone is ‘all good’ before saying:
‘If you do not have any more news from me in an hour and a half, I don’t know if they need to send someone to find me. I am getting scared!’
Rescue workers this morning resumed their search for a plane carrying Cardiff City’s new record signing Emiliano Sala at sunrise after the light aircraft disappeared over the English Channel.
Five aircraft and two lifeboats scoured more than 1,000 square miles for traces of the plane on Monday after it disappeared from radar en route from Nantes in France to Cardiff.
Guernsey Police said the chances of passenger survival were ‘slim’, with Cardiff City’s chief executive having said everyone at the club is in ‘shock’.
Sala had scored 12 goals in 19 games in Ligue 1 for Nantes this season and was brought in to bolster the attack for the Premier League strugglers for a fee of around £15 million.
John Fitzgerald, chief officer of Channel Islands Air Search, said: ‘I think with the sea temperatures and the sea conditions, the chances of finding anybody alive are reducing all the time.
‘The sea temperatures are very, very cold and just sap the core temperature of anybody in the water very, very quickly.’
Guernsey Police said: ‘Conditions during the search last night were challenging, with wave heights of up to two meters, with heavy rain showers and poor visibility.
‘Today the sea is much calmer and although visibility was good, it is now deteriorating.’
The single-turbine engine Piper PA-46 Malibu, carrying the footballer and his pilot, left Nantes at 7.15pm for Cardiff and was flying at an altitude of 5,000ft.
As it was passing Guernsey, the pilot ‘requested descent’ but Jersey air traffic control lost contact while it was flying at 2,300ft around 15 miles north of Guernsey.
Nantes supporters sang songs in support of Sala in the heart of the city on Tuesday night. Tributes have been paid to Sala as the search for the plane continues
Sala’s father Horacio told Argentinian news channel C5N – I am ‘desperate’ after hearing the plane was missing. ‘I was working, I can’t believe it.
I am desperate,’ he said. ‘Hopefully there will be good news.’ He added: ‘I don’t know what could have happened. My family knew nothing,
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.’- Ken Choo, chief executive of the Bluebirds( Cardiff City FC )