Police searching for Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala believe he and the pilot of his plane could have have made it onto a life raft following Monday’s crash.
Explaining the four potential possibilities, Guernsey Police said its search area is favouring the third: “They landed on water and made it into the life raft we know was on board.”
The small plane the two men were travelling on disappeared from radar visibility near to the Channel Islands at about 8.30pm on Monday.
Rescue teams have been out searching since then, but have been hampered by difficult conditions and poor visibility.
Yesterday, Cardiff City issued a statement that read: “We were very shocked upon hearing the news that the plane had gone missing.
“We expected Emiliano to arrive last night into Cardiff and today was due to be his first day with the team.
“Our owner, Tan Sri Vincent Tan, and chairman, Mehmet Dalman, are all very distressed about the situation.
“We made the decision first thing this morning to call off training with the thoughts of the squad, management staff and the entire Club with Emiliano and the pilot.
“All of us at Cardiff City FC would like to thank our fans, and the entire footballing family for their support at this difficult time.
“We continue to pray for positive news.”
Cardiff City recently paid a club record £15m for the Nantes striker, and he was due to train with his new teammates for the first time this week.