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Missing plane: Cardiff City’s player on board as search after aircraft disappears over English Channel

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A search has been launched after an aircraft disappeared from radar over the English Channel, with Cardiff’s record signing said to be on board.

Rescue teams were scrambled to waters near Alderney after the plane vanished on Monday evening, Guernsey Police said.

Emiliano Sala was one of two people on board the Piper Malibu plane which was travelling between Nantes and Cardiff on Monday night.

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Cardiff City’s record signing Emiliano Sala was on board a private jet which disappeared en route from Nantes to the Welsh capital on Monday evening.

A major search operation has been underway since the aircraft – which was carrying just Sala and the pilot – went off the radar near the Casquets lighthouse on Alderney.

“A search and rescue operation is currently underway off the north of Alderney after a light aircraft disappeared from radar several hours ago,” the force said.

“Two helicopters alongside the Guernsey and Alderney lifeboats are searching for it.”

The Alderney lifeboat said it launched at 8.50pm on Monday night.

Cardiff’s new record £15million signing Emiliano Sala was on board the missing private jet flying from Nantes, Brittany, to the Welsh capital, French police have confirmed.

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The plane was said to be a Piper Malibu (file image) (Image: Internet Unknown)

Guernsey police added this morning: “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. More info when available.”

According to the BBC, the Piper Malibu with two people on board lost contact near the Casquets lighthouse around eight miles north-west of Alderney at 8.30pm.

HM Coastguard said the incident was not in the UK search and rescue area, although it had sent two helicopters to help.

Read more on Mirror UK forLive updates on the search here

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