Premier League footballer, Emiliano Sala was on a light aircraft which went missing over the Channel Islands.
The £15m Argentine striker, 28, was one of two people on board the Piper Malibu which lost contact off Alderney in the Channel Islands on Monday night, 21st of January, 2019
Guernsey Police said there was “no trace” of the Cardiff-bound flight and has suspended the search for the night.
“If they did land on the water, the chances of survival are at this stage, unfortunately, slim.”
Hundreds of fans gathered in Place Royale, Nantes and laying tulips at a fountain.
The gesture is to pay a tribute to Sala and the pilot on board
Sala’s father, Horacio, told Argentine TV channel C5N, he heard the news from a friend.
“I didn’t know anything. I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “I’m desperate. I hope everything goes well.”
Meanwhile, John Fitzgerald, chief officer of the Channel Islands Air Search, said the probability of finding anyone alive from the missing aircraft was “reducing very rapidly”.
“I think with the sea temperatures and the sea conditions the chances of finding anybody alive are reducing all the time,” he said.
“The sea temperatures are very, very cold and just sap the core temperature of anybody in the water very, very quickly.”
The plane lost contact while at 2,300ft and disappeared off radar near the Casquets lighthouse, infamous among mariners as the site of many shipwrecks, eight miles (13km) north-west of Alderney.
Police said on Tuesday more than 1,150sq miles had been searched by five aircraft and two lifeboats. The search had resumed after being called off overnight “due to strengthening winds, worsening sea conditions and reducing visibility”.
Cardiff Airport confirmed the aircraft was due to arrive from Nantes at 20:45 but “did not arrive as planned.
Guernsey harbour master Captain David Barker said no distress call had been received and if the search continues into the night it is unlikely to have a good outcome.