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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.

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