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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 220997
Last updated: 14 October 2019
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Date:21-JAN-2019
Time:20:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-46-310P Malibu
Owner/operator:Southern Aircraft Consultancy INC Trustee
Registration: N264DB
C/n / msn: 46-8408037
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:English Channel, N of Alderney -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE/LFRS)
Destination airport:Cardiff-Wales Airport (CWL/EGFF)
Narrative:
The pilot of Piper PA-46-310P Malibu N264DB flew the aircraft and a passenger from Cardiff Airport, U.K. to Nantes Airport, France, on 19 January 2019 with a return flight scheduled for 21 January 2019. The pilot arrived at the airport in Nantes at 12:46 hrs on 21 January to refuel and prepare the aircraft for the flight. At 18:36 hrs the passenger, professional footballer Emiliano Sala, arrived at airport security, and the aircraft taxied out for departure at 19:06 hrs.
The pilot’s planned route would take the aircraft on an almost direct track from Nantes to Cardiff, flying overhead Guernsey en route. The Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight plan indicated a cruise altitude of 6,000 ft amsl and a distance of 265 nm.
The aircraft took off from runway 03 at Nantes Airport at 19:15 hrs, and the pilot asked ATC for clearance to climb to 5,500 ft. The climb was approved by Nantes Approach Control and the flight plan was activated.
The aircraft flew on its planned route towards Cardiff until it was approximately 13 nm south of Guernsey when the pilot requested and was given a descent to remain in Visual Meteorological Conditions (VMC). The last radio contact with the aircraft was with Jersey Radar at 20:12 hrs, when the pilot asked for a further descent. The aircraft’s last recorded secondary radar point was at 20:16:34 hrs, although two further primary returns were recorded after this. The wreckage of N264DB was subsequently found on the seabed about 30 metres from the position of the last secondary radar point recorded by the radar at Guernsey. Both occupants had suffered fatal injuries.

August 2019 : AAIB revealed that toxicology tests on Sala's body showed CO levels in his blood were so great it could have caused a seizure, unconsciousness or a heart attack.

The AAIB investigation is ongoing.

Weather was reported at Jersey Airport by www.ogimet.com as:
SA21/01/2019 21:20->METAR EGJJ 212120Z AUTO 22015KT 9999 1400 FEW013///OVC028///07/05 Q1016 RERA=
SA21/01/2019 20:50->METAR EGJJ 212050Z AUTO 22015KT 9999 1200 R26/1200 BR SCT014///SCT018///BKN033///07/05 Q1016=
SA21/01/2019 20:20->METAR EGJJ 212020Z 22013KT 9999 R26/1400 SCT014 07/04 Q1017=

Sources:

1. https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8249696/plane-vanishes-alderney-channel-islands/
2. https://www.eagleradio.co.uk/news/uk-news/2787550/search-for-plane-missing-near-alderney-in-the-channel-islands/
3. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-guernsey-46954922
4. https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/search-for-plane-missing-near-alderney-in-the-channel-islands/ar-BBSz5RZ
5. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/aaib-investigation-into-the-loss-of-aircraft-n264db
6. https://penarthnews.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/cardiff-city-soccer-star-salas-35-year-old-plane-made-3-attempts-at-take-off/
7. https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/pilot-missing-footballer-sala-named-2460307
8. https://www.lequipe.fr/Football/Actualites/La-famille-d-emiliano-sala-relance-les-recherches/981829

Data ____________________

https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=N264DB
https://www.southernaircraft.co.uk/Home / https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/07284818 (the trustee company)
https://videos.dailymail.co.uk/video/mol/2019/01/23/6893781958609617924/1024x576_MP4_6893781958609617924.mp4

AAIB ____________________

Special Bulletin N°1 : https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5c73c02bed915d4a3d3b2407/S1-2019_N264DB_Final.pdf
Special Bulletin N°2 : https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5d53ea15e5274a42d19b6c2e/AAIB_S2-2019_N264DB.pdf


Images:



Photo of N264DB at Coventry, 2017 (by Alec Wilson; CC:by-sa)

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