Emiliano Sala endured rapid ’20-second plunge’ before plane split into three

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Emiliano Sala, 28, died after the Piper PA-46 Malibu plane hurtled into the English Channel on a flight from Nantes to Cardiff.

British pilot, David Ibbotson, is still missing and presumed dead after the January 21 tragedy.

Now an interim report from the Air Accident Investigations Board has detailed its final moments.

After a sharp left turn, two independent radars show the aircraft descend from around 3,900ft to 1,600ft in a recorded time of 22 seconds.

This descent happened at a rate of 7,000ft per minute, around 80mph.

And the wreckage was found around 30 seconds from the position of a last radar point recorded.

This means its fall was close to vertical, with the wreckage found split into three near Alderney, in the Channel Islands.

Sala had just completed his record move from FC Nantes to the Cardiff City before his death.

An inquest found the Argentinian striker, who signed for £15million, died of “head and trunk injuries”.

AIIB also revealed Ibbotson did not have approval to fly commercially, and had not sought approval from authorities to do this.

He had a “private pilot’s licence”, which is subject to different safety regulations and requirements.

A full report into his death is yet to be published.

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