Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson

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Emiliano Sala (left) was on board the aircraft being flown by pilot David Ibbotson

An investigation into whether or not the lacking flight that was carrying Premier League footballer Emiliano Sala was correctly licensed is happening.

The Piper PA-46 Malibu disappeared on Monday with Cardiff Metropolis’s new £15m signing and pilot Dave Ibbotson on board.

A search near Guernsey was called off on Thursday afternoon regardless of pleas from Sala’s sister.

The Air Accident Investigation Department stated it had launched a probe.

“We’re all operational points of the flight together with licensing,” a spokesman stated.

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Tributes have been left exterior the Cardiff Metropolis Stadium

Mr Ibbotson, 59, of Crowle, Lincolnshire, held a non-public pilot’s licence and handed a medical examination as not too long ago as November, in line with Federal Aviation Administration data.

The Civil Aviation Authority stated the plane was registered within the US, so fell beneath its laws.

US legislation states non-public pilots can not make a revenue by carrying passengers.

There have been “alarm bells throughout” the incident, aviation marketing consultant Alastair Rosenchein instructed BBC Radio Wales’ Good Morning Wales programme.

He stated: “The one subject is whether or not a single-engine air craft ought to be flying at night time, in winter, over water and with passengers.

“That is the true subject – it’s a actually unhealthy mixture.”

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Emiliano Sala was on board a aircraft sure for Cardiff from Nantes when it disappeared from radar

Mr Rosenchein defined that if the engine failed, the pilot would wish to land – and at night time he wouldn’t have visible clues to depend on.

He stated regardless of only one,400 of the planes being constructed there was a “fairly vital” variety of deaths and accidents from flights involving them.

Argentine striker Sala, 28, signed for Cardiff from Nantes final weekend and was travelling between the cities on Monday night time.

At 19:15 GMT, Mr Ibbotson made a request to descend, earlier than dropping contact with Jersey air visitors management.

An intensive search happened, however Guernsey’s harbour grasp defined a “tough” determination was made to name it off, saying the probabilities of survival have been “extraordinarily distant”.

Nonetheless, Romina Sala stated she feels her brother continues to be alive and pleaded with rescuers not to surrender hope.

Mr Barker acknowledged the household have been “not content material” with the choice to cease actively looking however stated he was “completely assured” no extra might have been executed.

He insisted UK coastguard protocols have been adopted and stated he hoped the households of the lacking pair discovered some consolation within the incident remaining open, regardless of searches ceasing.

Cardiff Metropolis’s proprietor Vincent Tan stated: “Monday night’s information shook everybody at Cardiff Metropolis FC to the core.

“The response from the soccer neighborhood has been actually touching and we place on document our honest due to those that have despatched messages of help.

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The PA-46-310P Malibu plane Sala and Mr Ibbotson have been on board

“We additionally thank everybody concerned with the search and rescue operation, and proceed to wish for Emiliano, David Ibbotson and their households.”

His former membership Nantes, together with lots of its gamers, backed Ms Sala’s requires the search to renew, saying: “FC Nantes realized searches for the lacking aircraft have been known as off. These can not cease.”

Three planes and 5 helicopters racked up 80 hours mixed flying time on the lookout for the aircraft, working alongside two lifeboats and different passing ships.