The search for Cardiff City player, Argentina Emiliano Sala, disappeared on board and plane, police said on Tuesday.
Police said other planes would join in the search after fuel, to determine the location of the crash of the plane carrying players other than pilots.
Police sources said they would decide whether the operation would continue or not with sunset and darkness.
PA 46 Malibu was heading from Nantes in France to Cardiff, before disappearing from the radar last night after falling into the Channel Channel waters.
Cardiff City signed a 28-year-old striker from Nantes last Saturday in a deal worth 15 million pounds (16.9 million euros).
The English club issued a statement expressing deep sorrow after news of the player's disappearance, and the team was canceled on Wednesday while suspending his former team Nantes in France's Cup 32 role on Tuesday night against the Entente.