GThere are “genuine concerns” Cardiff City’s record signing Emiliano Sala was on board the flight that went missing between France and Wales
The flight was understood to have departed Nantes for Wales and vanished from the radar off Alderny in the Channels Islands on Monday evening.
It is feared the Argentine was one of the two people on board the light aircraft.
Cardiff City expressed serious concerns on Tuesday morning about his whereabouts.
“We are very concerned by the latest news that a light aircraft lost contact over the Channel last night,” the club said in a statement. “We are awaiting confirmation before we can say anything further.
“We are very concerned for the safety of Emiliano Sala.”
A statement released by Guernsey Police read: “A search and rescue operation is currently underway off the north of Alderney after a light aircraft disappeared from radar several hours ago.
“Two helicopters alongside the Guernsey and Alderney lifeboats are searching for it.”
A further update from Guernsey Police on Tuesday morning read: “Searching for the light aircraft PA 46 Malibu resumed at 8am this morning.
“No trace has currently been found. It was en route from Nantes, France to Cardiff, Wales with two people.”
It is understood Sala went back to France after completing his move to Cardiff City and was to report to training in Cardiff on Tuesday morning.