Search operation launched after reports of plane crash off Wales

Police say just the pilot was on board

Monday, November 25, 2019

A multi-agency rescue mission has been launched after HM Coastguard received reports of a possible plane crash off the coast of North Wales.

The authorities said the search was being carried out in the Puffin Island area near Anglesey after a light aircraft dropped off radar at around midday today.

Police are assisting in the operation, which is being conducted using a helicopter and RNLI lifeboats.

Chief Inspector Essi Ahari said “North Wales Police are supporting HM Coastguard in a search for a light aircraft that was flying from Caernarfon Airport to the Great Orme in Llandudno and back this afternoon.

“The aircraft had one pilot on board and no other passengers and family liaison officers are supporting the missing pilot’s family”.

A spokesman for the coastguard said: “HM Coastguard is currently co-ordinating a search and rescue in the Puffin Island area of North Wales following a report at 12.47pm today that an aircraft had disappeared from radar contact.

“The search and rescue helicopter from Caernarfon has been sent as well as Coastguard rescue teams from Penmon and Bangor and a senior Coastguard operations officer.

“The RNLI lifeboats from Beaumaris, Moelfre and Llandudno and North Wales Police have been sent.

“The incident is ongoing and we have no further information at this time.”

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said in a statement: “The AAIB has sent a team to investigate an accident involving a light aircraft that occurred near Beaumaris, Gwynedd, Wales.”

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