Emiliano Sala: Agent who booked Cardiff City striker’s flight reveals text messages

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Football agent Willie McKay says he arranged the flight that lacking Cardiff Metropolis striker Emiliano Sala took from Nantes, however used to be no longer concerned about deciding on the plane or pilot.

The detect for Argentine Sala, 28, and 59-year-outdated pilot David Ibbotson used to be referred to as off on Thursday.

Their plane disappeared from radar as they flew over the English Channel on their technique to Cardiff on Monday evening.

McKay has published textual snarl messages with Sala discussing flight preparations.

One of McKay’s sons, Tag, used to be the agent acting for Nantes in the £15m switch that made Sala Cardiff’s file signing earlier in January.

In the textual snarl alternate launched to the BBC by McKay, his assorted son, Jack – who’s a Cardiff player – affords to organize the deepest flight for free so Sala may well return to Nantes to use up his assets and squawk goodbye to ragged group-mates at the Ligue 1 membership.

McKay acknowledged each Tag and Jack had a conversation with Sala in regards to the difficulties of flying to the French city by industrial airline.

He additionally says a Cardiff player liaison reliable knew of the preparations that were made. The BBC has approached the Premier League membership for observation.

“When it comes to the booking of the flight we contacted Mr David Henderson, who has flown us and hundreds of of our gamers all over Europe on limitless instances,” McKay acknowledged.

In a 2015 interview with the BBC, Mr Henderson spoke about his lifestyles as an skilled gentle plane pilot.

McKay added: “We had no involvement in deciding on a plane or a pilot and we additionally wish to scheme positive again we enact no longer bask in the plane that Emiliano flew on.”

The Instances newspaper has apologised to McKay for incorrectly declaring that he owned the plane.

The agent additionally acknowledged he has met Sala’s family and company to “give them an conception of how Emiliano came to be on that plane”.

“The tragic events that bask in unfolded bask in insecure us all,” he added.

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The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has started an investigation which is in a blueprint to detect at “all operational facets,” including licensing and flight plans.

Similarly the Civil Aviation Authority is to survey whether the pilot used to be working with a deepest or industrial licence.

Cardiff bask in started an interior inquiry to strive to attach the events main up to the flight, however a senior source has denied reports the membership is brooding about a multi-million pound negligence lawsuit over the incident.

The source claimed senior membership officials entirely grew to change into mindful a deepest flight had been arranged after they were alerted by the membership’s player liaison officer that Sala had did now not reach at Cardiff airport as deliberate on Monday.

They additionally made the purpose that the membership does no longer bask in a deepest jet for gamers to employ and attributable to this truth they may no longer be anticipated to bask in arranged his fling to and from Nantes.

Argentina’s president has joined calls from Sala’s family and hundreds of fellow footballers for the quest to resume.

Cardiff’s gamers will wear yellow daffodils for Tuesday’s Premier League fixture at Arsenal to honour Sala.

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Beefy textual snarl message alternate

These messages between Jack McKay and Sala were translated from French.

Friday, 18 January

7:43pmJack McKay:“My dad has told me that you just are going to be going residence the next day to come. He may well organise a plane to make a decision you enlighten to Nantes and to blueprint relieve relieve on Monday, at a time that suits you, so that you just are going to be in a blueprint to get to practicing on Tuesday.”

7:51pmEmiliano Sala: “Ah that is mountainous. I was staunch in the heart of checking if there are some flights to get to Nantes the next day to come.”

7:56pmMcKay: “He acknowledged he may well organise a plane that may mosey enlighten to Nantes.”

7:56pm– Sala: “How significant will it price?”

7:56pmMcKay: “Nothing. He acknowledged must you wait on me to attain dreams it is nothing.”

7:59pmSala: “Hahaha with pleasure.”

8:00pm– Sala: “We are going to attain hundreds dreams.”

8:01pm – Sala: “I wish to leave the next day to come for Nantes at round 11am and blueprint relieve on Monday evening round 9pm to Cardiff if that is doable.”

8:05pm –McKay:“Correct. I’m going to ship a message when that is sorted.”

Sunday, 20 January

5:00pm – McKay: “Hi there is it doable you will blueprint relieve at seven in the evening on Monday evening? Just correct for the reason that pilot has to get residence in the north after he gets to Cardiff.”

5:01pm – Sala:“Hi, Half of past seven would be doable.”

5:03pm – McKay:“Certain that is apt.”

5:05pm –Sala: “[PICTURE OF LUGGAGE] Can you inquire if I’m in a position to bid this on the plane?”

5:06pm –McKay: “Correct yeah.”

5:07pm – Sala:“But is that going to be OK for the plane?”

McKay: “Certain there is condo on the plane for your baggage.”

5:12pm – Sala: “OK.”

Monday, 21 January

4:16pm – McKay: “I’m going to name in a 2d.”

4.23pm –McKay: “He acknowledged that it is the identical company.”

4.27pm – Sala:“OK thanks.”

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