Major search after suspected plane crash 'stood down'

A major air and sea search operation near Fishguard, Pembrokeshire has been 'stood down'. The search was launched amid reports that a plane may have crashed. Residents in Trefin reported two fast jets flying low overhead just after 7pm.

Police initially received calls from 'concerned public'

The emergency services received reports from concerned members of the public at approximately 7.10pm last night that a low flying aircraft may have been in trouble over Trefin in Pembrokeshire. A search of the area was undertaken by local Inshore Lifeboats and Search & Rescue helicopter. Enquires made revealed that a military training exercise had been conducted in the area at the time and all was in order. The search was then stood down.

– Dyfed Powys Police

MOD: 'Highly unlikely' jet would break sound barrier

The Ministry of Defence told ITV Wales that it's "not impossible" that a military aircraft was flying low over the Pembrokeshire coast last night.

It follows concerns that an aircraft had gone into the sea at Trefin near Fishguard - a search and rescue operation was was later stood down.

Witnesses had reported a loud blast in the area shortly after 7pm, but an MOD spokesman said it was "highly unlikely" this was a sonic boom.

"Breaking the sound barrier over land is prohibited by regulation," said the spokesman.

"The only time a pilot would do it is in an emergency situation."

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Search underway amid reports of plane crash

A major air and sea search operation is underway near Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, amid reports that a plane may have crashed.

Residents in Trefin reported two fast jets flying low overhead just after 7pm. There were also reports of a loud blast moments later.

A rescue helicopter from RAF Chivenor in addition to two all-weather RNLI lifeboats have been called by Milford Haven coastguards.