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UK News Anglesey plane crash: Police divers brought in as search for missing pilot David Last enters day three

16:05  27 november  2019
16:05  27 november  2019 Source:   dailypost.co.uk

Anglesey plane crash: Missing aircraft 'left Caernarfon Airport' before vanishing

  Anglesey plane crash: Missing aircraft 'left Caernarfon Airport' before vanishing Flight data appears to show the Cessna flying out across North Wales before turning back and then vanishing Flight data from website flightradar24.com appears to show the Cessna light aircraft taking off from the Gwynedd airport before heading north east towards Llandudno.

A pilot missing after the plane he was flying disappeared off the Welsh coast has been described as a "globally respected educator and navigator", his friend has said. HM Coastguard called off a search around Puffin Island, Anglesey , on Wednesday. No passengers were onboard the plane .

The search for a missing plane and its pilot off the Welsh coast has resumed, the coastguard has said. North Wales Police said the light aircraft was flying The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the search has resumed around Puffin Island, near Penmon, Anglesey . A plane carrying a sonar

a car parked in a field: Coastguard and police have been involved in the search © North Wales Live/Eryl Crump Coastguard and police have been involved in the search

Police divers are searching underwater off the coast of North Wales for missing pilot David Last.

The search has entered a third day with specialist police officers and the Air Accident Investigation Branch looking for any sign of the 79-year-old and the aircraft he was flying.

Extensive searches have been carried out near Puffin Island after the plane lost radar contact just after 12.45pm on Monday.

Chief Inspector Essi Ahari at North Wales Police said: "Specialist officers from our Underwater Search Team are currently carrying out a detailed search of the area, and the family of Professor Last continue to be supported by Family Liaison Officers.

Search operation launched after reports of plane crash off North Wales coast

  Search operation launched after reports of plane crash off North Wales coast HM Coastguard is co-ordinating a search in the Puffin Island area near Anglesey after the light aircraft disappeared from radar at around midday.HM Coastguard said it was co-ordinating a search in the Puffin Island area near Anglesey after the light aircraft disappeared from radar at around midday on Monday.

A pilot who was flying a plane which went missing off the Welsh coast has been named as 79-year-old Prof David Last . North Wales Police said the light No passengers were on board the plane . Image caption Coastguard volunteers have been searching the coast at Penmon. In a statement, his family

Police have confirmed the small plane had just one person on board when it disappeared from radar in the area of Puffin Island near Anglesey at around Chief Inspector Essi Ahari said: “North Wales Police are supporting HM Coastguard in a search for a light aircraft that was flying from Caernarfon

"Our investigations into the circumstances of this tragic incident continue."

Coastguard teams, lifeboats, police, a helicopter, and dive boat have been involved in the search for Professor David Last over the last two days.

However, the coastguard said this morning it had called their teams off the search and handed over the investigation to police.  

It is suspected the light aircraft Professor Last was flying crashed after taking off from Caernarfon Airport.

Police said the Cessna plane took off from Gwynedd to fly over the Great Orme and was due to return to the airport, but never made it back.

Lifeboat crews discovered debris from the light aircraft on Monday and that was handed over to the AAIB.

Bangor University's research boat the Prince Madog, which has sonar equipment on board, has also been involved in the search.

Search operation after light aircraft disappears from radar

  Search operation after light aircraft disappears from radar A search operation is under way after a light aircraft disappeared from radar contact in the Puffin Island area of North Wales. © Other A multi-agency operation is under way at sea off the Anglesey coast following a report of an incident involving a light aircraft. Pic: @NWPanglesey A Coastguard helicopter from Caernarfon as well as rescue teams from Penmon and Bangor have been sent following a report that the aircraft had gone missing at around 12.47pm.RNLI lifeboats from Beaumaris, Moelfre and Llandudno, as well as officers from North Wales Police, are also involved in the search.

Professor David Last , 79, an experienced pilot and expert in the field of radio-navigation and communications, has not been seen On Tuesday, North Wales Police confirmed the former Bangor University professor was the pilot of the Cessna light aircraft and subject of a search and rescue

North Wales Police said the plane had been flying from Caernarfon Airport to the Great Orme North Wales Police said: "We received a call at 12:59 reporting a possible crash involving a light aircraft in The RNLI said two lifeboats were launched from Anglesey to assist in the search for an aircraft last

No sign of the plane or Professor Last was found yesterday with search and rescue teams searching the coast from Conwy to Bangor and Beaumaris to Llaneilian.

The respected professor has been hailed as an expert in navigation with friends and colleagues saying he was globally renowned in his field.

a body of water: Day two of the search for missing Angelsey plane that crash off the coast in the sea near Penmon on the island. © Hadyn Iball Day two of the search for missing Angelsey plane that crash off the coast in the sea near Penmon on the island.

Police are continuing to support his devastated family.

His family said: "Professor David Last was a Consultant Engineer and Expert Witness specialising in Radio Navigation and Communications Systems.

"He was a Professor Emeritus at the University of Bangor, Past-President of the Royal Institute of Navigation and a respected figure in the worldwide navigation community.

"He was an experienced, instrument-rated pilot. Most importantly to us, he was head of the family: a much loved father, husband, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend, and we are all heartbroken. We would appreciate respect for our privacy during this difficult time."

Anglesey plane crash: police update on search for missing pilot .
Police have had to suspend their ongoing search for David Last until the weather subsidesNorth Wales Police have been continuing searches for Professor David Last and his Cessna light aircraft which disappeared from radar near Puffin Island on Monday November 25.

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