Emiliano Sala complained about a plane that looked like it was “about to fall apart”, in a chilling final message before his disappearance.
The Cardiff City striker, signed for a club record £15million fee from Nantes, is feared dead after his plane went missing whilst travelling to the Welsh capital.
Guernsey Police have confirmed they have called off the search for the night and said the chances of survival for Sala or the pilot are “unfortunately slim”.
Argentinian media outlet, Ole, have now released haunting verified audio sent from Sala to close friends on WhatsApp, in the final moments before the plane vanished over the English Channel.
Reports suggest Sala had expressed concern about the flight, having travelled from Cardiff back to France in the same plane over the weekend.
He texted friends once on board to say the plane was making “weird noises”, before the plane was reported as missing at around 8:30pm on Monday night.
The light aircraft had been flying at 5000ft, but requested to land while passing Guernsey, with the a single-engine plane last detected at 2300 feet, when they lost contact with Jersey air traffic controllers.