The search and rescue team’s efforts to find the missing aircraft that contained Emiliano Sala and a pilot is now being focused on the possibility they boarded a life raft
Sala, who sealed a club-record transfer of £15m from Ligue 1 side Nantes to Cardiff City on Saturday, has been missing since Monday after the Piper PA-46 Malibu that he was flying with disappeared off Alderney in the Channel Islands at 20:30 (GMT) on Monday.
Following a long investigation throughout all of Tuesday, the search and rescue teams had to call off their efforts for the night with Guernsey Police stating that “chances of survival are at this stage, unfortunately, slim” if the plane did indeed land on water,
Guernsey Police then released a statement this morning confirming that the search and rescue teams had resumed operations and they have now outlined four possible outcomes.
A police statement read: “We are searching based on four possibilities:
“1. They have landed elsewhere but not made contact.
“2. They landed on water, have been picked up by a passing ship but not made contact
“3. They landed on water and made it into the life raft we know was on board
“4. The aircraft broke up on contact with the water, leaving them in the sea.
“Our search area is prioritised on the life raft option.
“More updates as information becomes available.”
Nantes supporters were seen gathering in the city centre following the heartbreaking news on Tuesday and paid tribute to their former star striker, who had scored an impressive 12 goals in 19 Ligue 1 games this season.
The French side have postponed their Coupe de France fixture against Entente SSG, which was scheduled for today, in light of this week’s tragic news.
Meanwhile, Cardiff fans have also paid tribute to their record signing by laying out flowers outside the club’s stadium.