Date & Time: Jan 21, 2019 at 2023 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N264DB
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Nantes - Cardiff
MSN:
46-8408037
YOM:
1984
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
1
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Nantes at 1915LT for Cardiff, carrying one passenger (the Argentinian football player Emiliano Sala) and one pilot. While cruising over the Channel Islands at an altitude of 5,000 feet in marginal weather conditions, the pilot requested to reduce his altitude after passing over Guernsey. Jersey ATC lost contact whilst it was flying at 2,300 feet. SAR operations were engaged on Monday night until 0200LT Tuesday and were re-deployed in Tuesday morning. After 24 hours, the wreckage has not been found. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were marginal with rain falls and winds up to 50 km/h. On February 4, 2019, the wreckage (relatively intact) was found at a depth of 63 meters few km north of the island of Guernsey. On February 6, a dead body was found in the cabin and recovered. It was later confirmed this was Emiliano Sala.