North Wales Police Name Missing Pilot

North Wales Police continue to assist colleagues from HM Coastguard in the search for a missing light aircraft off Penmon in Anglesey.

Due to adverse weather conditions in the area, HM Coastguard have confirmed that all search activities have been suspended for today.

We are now in a position to name the missing pilot as Professor David Last, 79.

Professor Last’s family have issued the following statement: “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.”

Force Liason Officers continue to support Professor Lasts’s family.