John Fitzgerald, director of operations of Channel Airline Airsearch, says the small plane where the Argentinean was traveling might have sunk in less than three minutes.
After it was publicly known that a small plane carrying two people disappeared in the English Channel, authorities started looking for survivors.
On the plane, Argentinean footballer and recent Cardiff City signing Emiliano Sala was traveling together with the pilot of the aircraft.
“If they really are in the water, I would say there is no chance of finding them alive,” said Fitzgerald to Vía País in Argentina.
“The other day I went swimming (on the English Channel) and only lasted for three minutes.”
“It is very cold in these waters; one person could stay there an hour at the most. I do not think they have landed on land because air traffic would have been informed,” he explained.
Sala recently signed for Cardiff City in the English Premier League, after he spent four years with French Ligue A club Nantes.
“I was especially cold. In the first part of the investigation last night, the visibility was good, but we had to deal with the freezing rain that fell around 23.30,” Fitzgerald added.
“As the investigation progressed, the cloud ceiling dropped and we had to stop the investigation.”
“What we’re looking for first is the device’s black box. If the plane really crashed into the sea but remained in one piece, then you have to pay attention to the traces of oil that come to the surface,” he continued.
“If it broke in flight, which can not be ruled out, for one reason or another, then we will find debris on the surface. But an airplane of this size that hits the water sinks in two or three minutes.”
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