Pilot missing from Anglesey plane crash named as 'expert in radio-navigation'

26 November 2019, 16:44 | Updated: 26 November 2019, 17:06

Professor David Last has been named as a missing pilot
Professor David Last has been named as a missing pilot. Picture: Family handout

By Kate Buck

The missing pilot of a light aircraft which went missing off the coast of Anglesey has been named as 79-year-old Professor David last

The Bangor University Professor has not been seen since the Cessna light aircraft which he was in the cockpit of disappeared off the radar on Monday afternoon.

There were no passengers on board.

A statement from his family said: "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."

North Wales Police said the plane was Caernarfon Airport to the Great Orme, Llandudno, when it disappeared.

The coastguard has since been scouring the surrounding area for any sign of the missing Professor, but was forced to suspend the search on Tuesday due to bad weather.

Professor Bank's family are being supported by police.

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