Guernsey Police have called off the search to find the missing plane carrying Emiliano Sala

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Guernsey Police have announced they have called off the search for the missing plane that was carrying Emiliano Sala.

Sala was on board an aircraft that was travelling to Cardiff from Nantes on Monday.

It has been three days since the plane went missing, but no trace of the aircraft has been found.

Harbour Master Captain David Barker released a statement about their decision on Thursday.

"My team have just met to review the search and rescue operation which has been underway since the plane disappeared on Monday night.

"Despite the best efforts of air and search assets from the Channel Islands, UK and France, which has covered an area of approximately 1,700sq. miles - with a significant amount of this searched more than once - and having examined mobile phone data and satellite imagery, we have been unable to find any trace of the aircraft, the pilot or the passenger.

"There has been over 24 hours of continuous searching, with 80 hours combined flying time across three planes and five helicopters. Two lifeboats have also been involved, as well as assistance from various passing ships and fishing boats.

"We reviewed all the information available to us, as well as knowing what emergency equipment was on board, and have taken the difficult decision to end the search.

“The chances of survival at this stage are extremely remote.

Emiliano Sala was travelling back to Cardiff when the plane went missing

“Next of kin have been informed of this development, and my thoughts go out to the family of the pilot and the passenger at this most difficult of times.

“This has been a very thorough and extensive search, co-ordinated from the Guernsey-based Joint Emergency Services Control Centre and has seen exemplary co-operation from all countries involved, which I would like to extend my personal thanks.

“The final aircraft searching for the missing plane and those on board has now landed.

“Although we are no longer actively searching, the incident remains open and we will be broadcasting to all vessels and aircraft in the area to keep a look out for any trace of the aircraft. This will continue indefinitely.”

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