RAF scrambled as pilot makes 600-mile 'beach trip' to Anglesey

RAF fire crews are scrambled as lockdown-flouting pilot makes extraordinary 300-mile trip to Prince William’s ex-Anglesey airbase because he ‘wanted a day at the beach’

  • His £4million aeroplane was surrounded by fire crews and military police 
  • Unnamed pilot claimed he had spotted the beach near the village of Rhosneigr 
  • He did not break any military laws but will be investigated by civil aviation chiefs 

A pilot flew 300 miles in his private plane to an RAF base just so he could visit a picturesque Welsh beach in breach of lockdown, MailOnline can reveal.

His £4million aeroplane was surrounded by fire crews and military police as he touched down at RAF Valley in Anglesey on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.

He told the stunned cops: ‘I just wanted to go to the beach’.

The unnamed pilot claimed he had spotted the beach near the village of Rhosneigr on the island of Anglesey in North Wales on Google Earth.

He told officers from the RAF police and Ministry of Defence guards that: ‘It looked lovely’ and that he ‘wanted to go for a dip’.

His £4million aeroplane was surrounded by fire crews and military police as he touched down at RAF Valley in Anglesey on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon

The man had taken off from Fairoaks airport in Chobham, Surrey and landed just after 2pm in his single-engine Pilatus PC-12 plane

However they told him he should not have landed and he was in breach of lockdown rules during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wales have stricter Covid-19 lockdown rules than England with people from travelling far to visit beaches.

The brazen pilot tried to justify his extravagant jaunt as he told them: ‘It’s OK, I had it two months ago.’

Police did not arrest him as he had not broken any military laws but he will now be investigated by civil aviation chiefs.

The pilot decided he needed to make a speedy exit after he had passed a security check despite being told the airport was shut.

He then jumped in the cockpit and promptly took off back to the southern England without visiting the beach, which is at the end of the runway, where families were playing.

Prince William was based there when he he served as an RAF Search and Rescue pilot on Anglesey from 2010 to 2013 (pictured in a Sea King helicopter in 2011)

A source said:’It was all very bizarre. He made up some cock and bull story about why he wanted to be there.

‘But he was told in no uncertain terms that he shouldn’t and then he just got in his plane and took off’.

The man had taken off from Fairoaks airport in Chobham, Surrey and landed just after 2pm in his single-engine Pilatus PC-12 plane.

The MoD have reported him to the Civil Aviation Authority for breaching aviation regulations.

Civilian planes can use the military base nut must give 24 hours notice and be given clearance to land.

An RAF spokesman said: ‘The RAF can confirm that on 25 May a civilian PC-12 aircraft landed on a closed runway at RAF Valley without permission.

‘Whilst irregular, there was no threat to station personnel or the wider public.

‘The incident has been reported to the Civil Aviation Authority.’

The airfield, which is used to train fighter pilots, was closed for the bank holiday and work was scheduled to be carried out on the runway.

Prince William was based there when he he served as an RAF Search and Rescue pilot on Anglesey from 2010 to 2013.

William and Kate rented a secluded farmhouse for three years for £750-a-month for three years.

The beaches in Rhosneigr is a popular summer destination caravan parks and many people having holiday homes.

It is well-known for kite-surfing and windsurfing. 

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