The French civil aviation authority has said that the 18-million-dollar Cardiff City record signing Emiliano Sala was aboard a small pbadenger plane that disappeared off the coast of the island of Guernsey.
The French and British maritime authorities are searching the English Channel for the plane.
The Guernsey police says the flight left Nantes on Monday en route to Wales with two people on board. Police said the search resumed on Tuesday morning and no trace was found. The French regional maritime authority sent a search helicopter.
The Guernsey Coast Guard received an alert shortly after 8 p.m. On Monday, GMT had lost contact with the Jersey Air Traffic Control after requesting to descend while pbading through Guernsey.
"At this time no trace of the lost plane had been found," Guernsey police said.
Another update of the Guernsey police, at 11.45 a.m. GMT, said: "So far, more than 1,000 square miles have been registered for a total of five aircraft and two lifeboats, and it is being coordinated by the Joint Emergency Services Control Center, there is no trace of the aircraft. keep going ".
A statement by Cardiff City president Mehmet Dalman, published on Tuesday morning, said: "We are very concerned about the latest news that a light aircraft lost contact in the Cbad last night."
Nantes, the former Sala club, did not comment immediately. The final match of the Nantes Cup against Entente Sannois-Saint Gratien, originally scheduled for January 23, was also postponed until Sunday, January 27.
A statement on the Entente Sannois-Saint Gratien website read: "Entente Sannois-Saint Gratien sends all its support to FC Nantes, as well as to the family of Emiliano Sala at this difficult time." The thoughts of the club are also with the people present on board the plane. "
– Emiliano Sala (@ EmilianoSala1) January 21, 2019
Sala, 28, tweeted his farewell to Nantes on Monday, along with a photo with his former colleagues.
Sala came to France for the first time in 2010, when its potential was discovered by Bordeaux, who had it on his books for five years. He spent three spells on loan, including half of a season in Caen that convinced Nantes to sign him in the summer of 2015. He scored 36 times in 89 first-clbad matches for You canaris, including 12 this season, before signing for Cardiff.
Information from Reuters, Ian Holyman and Aramide Oladipo contributed to this report.