Messages shared between Emiliano Sala and the son of agent Willie McKay discussing flight arrangements have been revealed.
Willie McKay says although he arranged the flight for Sala, he did not own the plane, select the aircraft or the pilot.
After signing for Cardiff last Friday, Sala wanted to return to Nantes to say goodbye to team-mates and collect his belongings before returning to Cardiff on Monday, and McKay stepped in after Sala struggled to find a commercial flight.
Text messages released between Sala and Jack McKay – Willie’s son who plays for Cardiff – show that Sala decided to take the offer of a private flight to and from Nantes.
Below is a transcript of the messages between Jack McKay and Sala leading up to the plane’s disappearance on Monday night:
FRIDAY JANUARY 18
7:43pm – Jack McKay: “My dad has told me that you are going home tomorrow. He could organise a plane to take you direct to Nantes and to come back on Monday, at a time that suits you, so you can get to training on Tuesday.”
7:51pm – Emiliano Sala: “Ah that is great. I was just in the middle of checking if there are some flights to get to Nantes tomorrow.”
7:56pm – McKay: “He said he could organise a plane that would go direct to Nantes.”
7:56pm – Sala: “How much will it cost?”
7:56pm – McKay: “Nothing. He said if you help me to score goals it’s nothing.”
7:59pm – Sala: “Hahaha with pleasure.”
8:00pm: “We are going to score lots of goals.”
8:01pm: “I want to leave tomorrow for Nantes at around 11am and come back on Monday night around 9pm to Cardiff if that is possible.”
8:05pm – McKay: “Good. I’ll send a message when that’s sorted.”
SUNDAY JANUARY 20
5:00pm – Jack McKay: “Hi there is it possible you could come back at seven in the evening on Monday night? Just because the pilot has to get home in the north after he gets to Cardiff.”
5:01pm – Emiliano Sala: “Hi, Half past seven would be possible.”
5:03pm – McKay: “Yes that’s good.”
5:05pm – Sala: [PICTURE OF LUGGAGE]: “Can you ask if I can bring this on the plane?”
5:06pm – McKay: “Good yeah.”
5:07pm – Sala: “But is that going to be ok for the plane?”
McKay: “Yes there is space on the plane for your luggage.”
5:12pm – Sala: “Ok.”
MONDAY JANUARY 21
4:16pm – Jack McKay: “I’m going to call in a moment.”
[Emiliano Sala voice message]
4.23pm – McKay: “He said that it is the same company.”
4.27pm – Sala: “Ok thanks.”