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UK News Body of missing pilot found after plane crash off the Welsh coast

21:25  12 december  2019
21:25  12 december  2019 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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The body of a pilot who went missing off the coast of North Wales has been found.

The North West Underwater Search Team found the body just off Puffin Island off the coast of Anglesey shortly after 2pm on December, 12 2019.

Professor David Last and his Cessna light aircraft disappeared from radar near Puffin Island at around 12.45pm on Monday, November 25.

Police say his family have been informed, reports North Wales Live.

a close up of a map: Flight radar shows aircraft flying from Caernarfon Airport before vanishing © FlightRadar24 Flight radar shows aircraft flying from Caernarfon Airport before vanishing a police car parked in a parking lot: Police at Penmon on Monday afternoon © Eryl Crump/North Wales Live Police at Penmon on Monday afternoon a man smiling for the camera: Professor David Last © North Wales Police Professor David Last

Inspector Dave Cochran said: "Just after 2pm this afternoon, divers recovered a body just off Puffin Island.

Anglesey plane crash: police update on search for missing pilot

  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.

"The family of Professor David Last have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers from North Wales Police."

Police said local officers are liaising with the coroner and Professor Last’s family have requested  that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.

Professor Last's plane had taken off from Caernarfon Airport and was due to fly over the Great Orme and return to Gwynedd - but it never made it back.

Extensive  searches involving the coastguard, lifeboats, a search and rescue helicopter, police divers had been carried out, with only debris found up until today.

The coastguard search was called off around three days after the plane vanished, while police have continued to search when weather conditions allow it.

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

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