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PA A helicopter and lifeboats are searching for the missing aircraft and its pilot.
# Puffin Island
Search continues for pilot after plane disappeared off north coast of Wales
Police confirmed the small plane had just one person on board when it went off the radar near Puffin Island.

LAST UPDATE | Nov 25th 2019, 10:00 PM

A SEARCH AND rescue operation is continuing for a pilot after reports an aircraft crashed off the north coast of Wales. 

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 12.47pm earlier today. 

The plane set off from Caernarfon Airport some 25 minutes earlier to fly to the Great Orme in Llandudno and was on its way back when it lost contact.

According to data from, a Cessna light aircraft making the same route at the time given by police and the Coastguard descended near the uninhabited Puffin Island before it disappeared.

This evening, North Wales Police said they were still currently involved in the Coastguard-led operation, while officers were supporting the unnamed missing pilot’s family.

plane crash NWP Anglesey / PA Emergency services near Anglesey after reports of an aircraft crash. NWP Anglesey / PA / PA

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.”

The force said in an earlier statement it had received a phone call at 12.59pm reporting a “possible crash” involving a light aircraft.

A spokesman for HM 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 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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