The pilot of Emiliano Sala’s plane told friends the plane was “dodgy” before the flight that killed the Argentine footballer, it may be revealed.

David Ibbotson is heard in audio completely obtained by the BBC saying “I’ll be wearing my life jacket” on the journey from France to Wales.

He told a friend he heard a “bang” on a earlier flight. The plane crashed into the English Channel in 2019.

It comes as footage reveals the last second the pair have been seen alive.

Sala had simply develop into then Premier League facet Cardiff City’s £15m record signing from French membership Nantes when the plane crashed into the English Channel, killing them both.

Technical difficulties

He was flown by Mr Ibbotson – a part-time pilot who didn’t have a licence to carry paying passengers and whose body has by no means been discovered – again to western France to say his goodbyes and accumulate some belongings.

He flew to Nantes on Saturday, 19 January, and deliberate to return on the Monday – the day of the crash.

Audio of a phone call to a fellow pilot has been completely obtained by the BBC, revealing for the primary time the technical difficulties Mr Ibbotson had on the journey to France.

In it, he says he heard “a bang” through the flight and complained that he might really feel a “very low mist” contained in the 35-year-old Piper Malibu plane.

“I’m mid-Channel and ‘bang’,” Mr Ibbotson told friend, Kevin Jones, about his flight to Nantes.

“I’m flying along and then ‘boom’. I thought, ‘what’s wrong?’ So I put everything forward and checked my parameters, everything was good and it was still flying, but it got your attention.”

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