Search and rescue mission under way after reports of plane crash off North Wales coast

HM Coastguard said it was coordinating a search in the Puffin Island area near Anglesey after the light aircraft disappeared from radar at around midday on Monday. (PA)

A search operation has been launched after a suspected aircraft crash off the North Wales coast.

HM Coastguard said it was coordinating a search in the Puffin Island area near Anglesey after the aircraft disappeared from radar at around midday on Monday.

North Wales Live reports it is believed to involve a light aircraft that is likely to be privately owned.

The agency said it received a call for assistance shortly before 12:50 GMT on Monday.

Police are assisting the coastguard with the search, which includes a helicopter and RNLI lifeboats, but it is not yet known how many people were on board the plane.

A spokesman for the coastguard said: “HM Coastguard is currently coordinating 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.

A handout photo of emergency services near Anglesey after reports of an aircraft crash off the North Wales coast. (PA)

“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.

“It has not been confirmed how many people were on board the aircraft.

“The incident is ongoing and we have no further information at this time.”

A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “We received a call at 12.59pm today reporting a possible crash involving a light aircraft in the Penmon area.

“Officers are currently assisting HM Coastguard and our inquiries are ongoing.”