Grandfather named as pilot missing in North Wales plane crash

Image: North Wales Police

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

The missing pilot of a light aircraft that crashed off the coast of North Wales has been named by police as 79-year-old Professor David Last.

The former university professor is an experienced pilot and expert in radio-navigation but has not been seen since his plane disappeared from radar around the Puffin Island area yesterday afternoon.

North Wales Police today continued to assist HM Coastguard as the search entered its second day but the authorities were force to suspend activity due to bad weather.

A helicopter and RNLI lifeboats were launched yesterday after the coastguard received reports of a possible plane crash.

Police confirmed that Professor Last was the only person on board and was travelling from Caernarfon Airport to Llandudno and back when communication dropped.

The force said liaison officers are supporting Professor Last’s family, who have said in a statement that they are “heartbroken”.

The statement reads: “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 world-wide 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.”

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