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Aircraft Down North Wales

Old 27th Nov 2019, 06:44
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I know this area very well; I used to keep my own boat in Beaumaris and I sailed a commercial vessel through the Menai straits many times (and as a student I lived in Penmon!)

The tide rips through the deep water between Anglesey and Puffin Island. Between Puffin Island and Conwy is a vast area of shallow sandbanks without much tide except in the Conwy river channel. North of Anglesey, where the search seems to be focussed, you are back into strong tides close inshore, fierce tidal races off Pt Lynas and Moelfre and deep water. So a complex area to search with many hazards and steep tide gradients which will make a search challenging because a mile or so difference in where and how he entered the water can make a huge difference in where the wreckage ends-up.
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Old 28th Nov 2019, 13:32
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Originally Posted by KelvinD View Post
Given the age of the pilot, is it not possible that he may have had a medical mishap leading to the accident?
I have to agree, that was my thoughts when I heard the age of the pilot. The sudden 1660 ft per min decent kind of suggests he possibly became Incapacitated or even unconscious, if this is proven to be the case, then hopefully he was unconscious before impacting the water. RIP

I'm 71 yrs old and no longer have any desire to fly solo, I usually fly with my wife who is 70, but the chances of us both becoming incapacitated at the same time is pretty remote.


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Old 28th Nov 2019, 22:38
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Damn. Had the pleasure of attending lectures by David on radio navigation at Bangor back around 2000.
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Old 28th Nov 2019, 22:52
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Old 29th Nov 2019, 19:47
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The Local Police said that the underwater diving team had been operating on Wednesday and Thursday, although their diving support vessel does not appear on the AIS radar.
Today (Friday.) The Prince Madoc has been doing a systematic grid search all afternoon, and now at 19:30 seems to have selected an area 1000m E.N.E. of the northern tip of Puffin Island, for a more concentrated search.
This area is between 90 and 101 ft deep, and could be where the heavy engine would have sunk.
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Old 12th Dec 2019, 14:32
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Looking at marine traffic just now, I see there is a police boat, Cormorant, currently a mile or two to the NE of Puffin Island and apparently stationary.
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