A search and rescue operation has been launched after a suspected plane crash off the coast of North Wales. The aircraft, which had one pilot on board and no passengers, was last seen two miles northeast of Penmon in Anglesey.

HM Coastguard said they received a call for assistance at around 12:47 pm after the plane “disappeared from radar contact”. Two RNLI lifeboats joined the search, which also involves North Wales Police and a coastguard helicopter.
According to the Flightradar website, a Cessna Skyhawk appears to have vanished from radar close to Puffin Island at 11:39 am after descending from 1,900ft to 600ft. It had set off from Caernarfon Airport half an hour earlier.
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 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 agency said. “The RNLI lifeboats from Beaumaris, Moelfre and Llandudno and North Wales Police have been sent.”

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