French police confirm Cardiff striker WAS on board missing plane

EMILIANO SALA is feared to have been on board the missing Alderney plane.

A plane travelling from Nantes in France towards Cardiff disappeared from the radar on Monday evening sparking a frantic search in the English channel.

Police sources in France have confirmed Sala was on the plan and now the Cardiff chairman released a statement.

Mehmet Dalman said: “We are very concerned by the latest news that a light aircraft lost contact over the Channel last night.

“We are awaiting confirmation before we can say anything further. We are very concerned for the safety of Emiliano Sala.”

A lifeboat was launched from Alderney at 8.50pm last night and today it has emerged that Cardiff’s January signing Sala may have been on board.

And a French reporter has quoted an AFP police source as claiming Sala was on board the plane.

Arnaud Tousch, who works for RTL France, tweeted: “Striker Emiliano Sala is on board a plane disappeared at sea between Nantes and Cardiff (police sources at AFP).”

Sala was in Nantes yesterday after his transfer to Cardiff was sealed over the weekend and due to travel back to Wales yesterday evening.

The plane, a Piper Malibu, was carrying two people and lost contact near the Casquets lighthouse around eight miles north-west of Alderney at 8.30pm.

A coastguard rescue helicopter and crews from Alderney and Guernsey RNLI have joined the search in the area around the island’s lighthouse.

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