Puffin Island plane crash: inquest opens into pilot’s death

Family photo (North Wales Police)

An inquest has been opened and adjourned into the death of an experienced pilot following a plane crash off the east coast of Anglesey.

Professor David Last was flying a light Cessna aircraft when it disappeared near Puffin Island on 25th November. His body was found by divers eighteen days later following a major search operation.

North Wales Police (@NWPAnglesey)

The plane was on a return flight from the Great Orme in Llandudno to Caernarfon Airport when it lost radar contact.

Professor Last (79), who lived in Llanfairfechan, was a retired Bangor University lecturer and a former president of the Royal Institute of Navigation. His family described him as ”an experienced, instrument-rated pilot”.

North West Wales coroner Dewi Pritchard Jones told the hearing in Caernarfon that he was awaiting the results of a post-mortem examination on Professor Last. An air accident investigation into the crash is also continuing.

The hearing was adjourned until a later date.

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