The last time Emiliano Sala was seen alive before the plane crash – the audio also reveals that the pilot said the plane was ‘elusive’

Footage showing Emiliano Sala was last seen alive, as it also emerged today that the captain of the plane in which he died described the plane as “elusive” and vowed to wear his life jacket during the flight.

A new video has revealed the moment the footballer passes through airport security in France, just hours before boarding his doomed flight to Wales.

He was seen taking off his watch and transferring his passport before stepping through the scanners and collecting his bag alongside pilot David Ibbotson – who also died when the plane crashed in the English Channel near Guernsey.

The plane was also seen heading towards the runway at Nantes Atlantic Airport in CCTV images obtained by BBC News.

Meanwhile, an additional audio has been released showing Mr Ibbotson expressing concerns about the plane in the wake of the outbound flight from Cardiff to France.

The player also expressed his concerns – he told friends in a voice note: “Man, I’m scared,” and that the planet he was on “looks like it’s collapsing.”

Referring to the possibility of an accident, he added, “I don’t know if someone will look for me because they won’t find me.”

An investigation in March found that the Argentine-born striker died of head and chest injuries but was unconscious, after being poisoned by fumes from the faulty exhaust system at Piper Malibu, on the evening of January 21, 2019.

The 28-year-old was traveling from Nantes to Wales to join English club Cardiff City when the tragedy struck.

A new video has revealed the moment the footballer passes through security in France, just hours before boarding his doomed flight to Wales.

The plane was also seen heading towards the runway at Nantes Atlantic Airport in CCTV images obtained by BBC News.

The plane was also seen heading towards the runway at Nantes Atlantic Airport in CCTV images obtained by BBC News.

Footballer Emiliano Sala had just agreed a £15m deal to join Cardiff from French club Nantes

Footballer Emiliano Sala had just agreed a £15m deal to join Cardiff from French club Nantes

Mr Ibbotson (pictured) also died in the accident, but his body has not been recovered from the English Channel.

David Ibbotson and Emiliano Sala pass through security at Nantes Atlantic Airport - just hours before the tragedy

David Ibbotson and Emiliano Sala pass through security at Nantes Atlantic Airport – just hours before the tragedy

The cripples were found on a beach near the Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy

The cripples were found on a beach near the Cotentin Peninsula in Normandy

Emiliano Sala: a timeline of events that led to a tragic accident

August 2015: The Piper Malibu was purchased by Southern Aircraft Consultancy, a company that specializes in regulating aircraft ownership in trusts. The trust is Cool Flourish Ltd, a family business whose director and secretary is Faye Kelly.

Mrs. Kelly asks David Henderson, a friend of her late father, to handle the day-to-day management of the aircraft.

The aircraft was chartered by Mr. Henderson on 34 occasions between October 2015 and January 2019.

June 2018: David Ibbotson, who holds a private pilot license, begins flying the plane commercially for Henderson.

6 July 2018: Ms. Kelly receives two airspace violations for the times Mr. Ibbotson was a pilot. I asked Mr. Henderson not to use Mr. Ibbotson again.

August 5, 2018: Mr. Ibbotson is driving the plane again.

November 30, 2018: The last annual maintenance check is performed, including exhaust system checks.

Cardiff City club begins negotiations to sign Emiliano Sala from Nantes.

January 8, 2019: Representatives from Cardiff City, including then-manager Neil Warnock, travel to Nantes to watch Sala play. Media reports indicate that the player does not want to join Cardiff City.

yJanuary 18, 2019: Sala is traveling to Cardiff and undergoing a medical as part of his £15m transfer. He would like to go back to Nantes for a few days to say goodbye to his teammates.

Football agent Willie McKay, who is involved in the transfer, contacts Mr Henderson to organize return flights from Cardiff to Nantes.

January 19, 2019: The one-way flight from Cardiff to Nantes is led by Mr. Ibbotson with Sala as a passenger.

2.05 pm: The plane landed in Nantes, and Mr Ibbotson indicated to Mr Henderson that he had had difficulties with the plane and reported that he heard a ‘bang’, which he also described as a ‘thump’.

Mr. Henderson speaks with David Smith, aircraft engineer at Eastern Air Executive, then speaks again to Mr. Ibbotson. French mechanic checking the brakes but not the exhaust system.

January 21, 2019: The return flight, which was scheduled for 9 am, was postponed to 7 pm.

8.12 p.m.: Last radio contact is made with Air Traffic Control in Jersey.

8.16 pm: Piper Malibu crashes into the English Channel near Guernsey.

February 3, 2019: The wreckage of the plane was found.

February 6, 2019: Sala’s body was recovered but no trace of Ibbotson was found.

October 18, 2021: David Henderson is being tried in Crown Court in Cardiff for endangering the safety of an aircraft in connection with the fatal flight. He has already pleaded guilty to attempting to offload a passenger without valid permission or permission.

October 28, 2021: A jury convicts Henderson of the only charge he faces.

November 12, 2021: A judge jails Henderson for 18 months.

February 15, 2022: Inquiry into Sala’s death resumes at Dorset Coroner Court in Bournemouth.

March 17: The jury found that Sala died of head and torso injuries when the unauthorized flight he was traveling on crashed in the English Channel.

August 26: Cardiff was asked to pay £5.1m to Nantes to cover the first installment of Sala’s transfer fee as

In a voicemail message to friend Kevin Jones – revealed by the BBC: The Emiliano Sala Story podcast – Mr Ibbotson, 59, said, ‘I chose a footballer from Cardiff.

It was just bought from Nantes, I think it was worth about £20m or something. They assigned me to take him on a evasive (plane).

“I usually put the life jacket between my seats, but I will wear the life jacket tomorrow, that’s for sure,” he added.

Mr Ibbotson, whose body was never found, was an amateur pilot and was not allowed to carry passengers or fly at night.

Before leaving Nantes, he told Mr. Jones that he had heard a “bang” during the outbound flight.

“I’m in the middle of the channel and ‘bang’,” the pilot said in the recording.

“I’m flying along and then ‘Boom.’ I thought, ‘What’s wrong?’ So I applied everything and checked my standards, everything was fine and still flying, but it caught your eye.

He said, “This is a Malibu, sometimes you have fog now and then. You can feel it, really, really low all over the airframe.

“This plane should return to the hangar,” he added, after realizing that the plane’s left brake pedal was not working when he landed at Nantes Atlantic Airport.

Pilot and businessman David Henderson, 67, operated the single-engine plane on behalf of its owner and arranged flights, pilots and maintenance, despite not being the legally registered operator.

Football agent Willie McKay, who was helping his son Mark’s company represent Nantes on the transfer, was a long-term client.

Mr McKay arranged the flights and said he wanted to help Sala get back to Nantes to say goodbye to his teammates, claiming Cardiff City had “abandoned him”.

He knowingly denied arranging illegal “gray” flights with Mr Henderson, who did not have an Airline Certificate (AOC) allowing him to fly for fee-paying passengers.

In addition to not having an AOC, Mr. Henderson kept no records or invoices for his business, or the qualifications of the pilots who flew for him.

Mr Ibbotson also reported the Big Bang between Cardiff and Nantes to Mr Henderson – but the engineer was never asked to investigate when the plane landed in France.

He had been banned from flying Piper Malibu by its owner after two airspace violations months earlier, but Mr. Henderson allowed him to continue.

Last year, Mr Henderson was jailed for 18 months after being found guilty of endangering the safety of an aircraft by using Ibbotson’s services when he learned he did not have the relevant licenses.

He pleaded guilty to another crime of attempting to arrange a passenger’s flight without permission or permission.

Following the outcome of the investigation in March, a coroner vowed to write to the government and the sports industry with her concerns about illegal “gray” passenger flights.

Rachel Griffin, Dorset’s chief coroner, said she is so concerned about private charters that carry paying passengers that she has a duty to alert authorities and question whether the CAA has sufficient authority to investigate illegal flights.

Last month, Cardiff City were ordered to pay the first installment of the £15m transfer fee they agreed with Nantes to Sala after they lost their appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The Bluebirds were arguing that Sala was not officially their player at the time of the tragic plane crash in January 2019. He was traveling from France to join the then Premier League club.

Despite being ordered by CAS to pay an initial £5.1m to Nantes, Cardiff confirm they will not pay the French club, declaring that they plan to prolong their legal battle.

The Welsh club said it was disappointed with the decision and wrote in a statement: “The award has failed to establish the critical issue of Nantes’ (and its agents’) liability” for the incident, which will therefore have to be determined in another forum.

Photo issued by the Air Accident Investigation Branch of the wreckage of the plane

Photo issued by the Air Accident Investigation Branch of the wreckage of the plane

Mother Mercedes Taffarel (right, next to Sala in 2019) told an earlier investigation that her son had felt pressured to complete the move to Cardiff City quickly.

Mother Mercedes Taffarel (right, next to Sala in 2019) told an earlier investigation that her son had felt pressured to complete the move to Cardiff City quickly.

Yellow flowers were placed in front of a picture at the Beaujoire stadium in Nantes, following the death of the striker

Yellow flowers were placed in front of a picture at the Beaujoire stadium in Nantes, following the death of the striker

Once the club’s lawyers understand the reasons for the decision, we anticipate an appeal and will not make any payments to FC Nantes in the meantime.

If these appeals are unsuccessful and the club is responsible for paying the transfer fee, the club will take legal action against those responsible for the collapse to compensate for its losses. This will include the Club of Nantes and its agents.

“All our thoughts must continue with the Emiliano family, who are now financially supported by the trust the club has placed in them.”