- The pilot behind the wheel of the Piper PA-46 Malibu, who wore the Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, said days before the aircraft disappeared that he was "rusty".
- The pilot, David Ibbotson, had said on Facebook that he reported Sky News, "was a little rusty" with the instrument landing system at Nantes Atlantique Airport.
- Ibbotson and Sala were on their way to Cardiff, Wales on Monday when their Piper Malibu plane disappeared over the English Channel.
- Cardiff City FC, in the English Premier League, signed Sala of Nantes FC on Saturday for a club record of $ 20 million.
The pilot behind the wheel of the small plane carrying Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala said days before the plane disappeared Monday that he was "rusty".
The pilot, identified by British authorities as David Ibbotson said on Facebook over the weekend that he was using the instrument landing system "a bit rusty" – a radio navigation system that uses a series of antennas and Markings to guide pilots on limited visibility landings – at Nantes Atlantique Airport in France, Sky News reported.
The single-engine Piper PA-46 Malibu, which Ibbotson controls with Sala on board, has disappeared across the Channel on Monday from Nantes to Wales, Wales.
The disappearance of the 35-year-old plane and its two occupants remains a mystery.
The Argentine newspaper Ole published what she said was WhatsApp news that Sala had sent to friends off the plane, in which the 28-year-old said the plane "looks like it's falling apart".
Cardiff City FC, of the English Premier League, signed Saturday's Sala de Nantes FC for a club record of $ 20 million. At the time, Sala was the third-biggest scorer in French Ligue 1, the BBC reported.
On Thursday, Guernsey police said the authorities had canceled their search for the missing plane and its two inmates.
The British Aviation Accidents Investigation Division has confirmed that the aircraft involved in the incident is a Piper Malibu with registration N264DB. According to the US Federal Aviation Administration, the US-registered aircraft is owned by a Norfolk company in the UK.
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Documents obtained by Business Insider indicate that the investigation of the incident is normally carried out by the US National Transportation Safety Board, however, with more than 90% of its employees being dismissed because of the partial state closure of the government or temporarily were dismissed AAIB "accepted delegation" of the investigation.
The AAIB on Wednesday launched an investigation into the disappearance.