Emiliano Sala’s teammate helped organize the flight before the Channel crash

Emiliano Sala died aged 28 in a 2019 plane crash in the English Channel. It emerged today that fellow Cardiff City player Jack McKay, 25, helped organize the robbery

Emiliano Sala died at 28 in a plane crash

One of Emiliano Sala’s team-mates offered him a free flight to France if he would help him score more goals, according to an inquest heard today.

The Argentinian striker died aged 28 in a plane crash in 2019 in the English Channel. It emerged today that fellow Cardiff City player Jack McKay, 25, helped organize the robbery.

He told the inquest that Emiliano wanted to return to Nantes to say goodbye to
teammates and collect their belongings.

Mr McKay revealed his father, football agent Willie, had offered to book a private flight. In a text message to Sala, Jack said: “My dad said if you want to go home tomorrow we can organize a plane for you to fly back to Nantes and come back on Monday before training on Tuesday.”

Jack McKay outside Bournemouth Town Hall



In a message, Sala asked how much the trip to France would cost. Jack replied: “Nothing, if you help me score more goals.”

Sala responded by saying “Ha, ha, ha… with pleasure” before adding: “We will score a lot of goals.”

The footballer died alongside pilot David Ibbotson, 59, when the Piper Malibu plane crashed into the sea on January 21, 2019. His body was later discovered 21 miles off Guernsey.

The talented player was flying from France to Wales to join Premier League Cardiff in a £15million transfer.

The wreckage of the plane that crashed into the English Channel killing footballer Emiliano Sala



Bournemouth Coroner’s Court heard Scottish footballer Mr McKay and his father were involved in setting up the robbery. Jack, who now plays for National League North side York, also dropped Sala off at the airport.

The inquest previously heard Sala was overcome by toxic levels of carbon monoxide before the crash.

Mr. Ibbotson had been banned from flying the Piper Malibu by its owner.

But he had continued to fly the plane without her knowledge.

Agent Willie says Sala was “stranded” by Cardiff City following his move.

He claimed the striker received a WhatsApp message from a club
representative proposing to organize a commercial flight to Paris.

Mr McKay said: “It wasn’t really helpful to Emi as he lived in Nantes and it’s over a five hour drive [from Paris]. I only tried to help him get to Nantes to say goodbye, I felt like Cardiff City had failed him.

The investigation is ongoing and is expected to last approximately one month.

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