Monday, 24 August 2015

Police says: Up to 20 people may have died in Shoreham air crash

As many as 20 people may have died in the Shoreham air crash on Saturday, police have said, as calls grow for the rules governing airshows to be tightened.

Police will begin lifting the wreckage of the 1950s Hawker Hunter, which plummeted on to the the A27 after it failed to pull out of a loop manoeuvre during an aerial display.

Police said on Sunday that they feared 11 people had died but Asst Ch Con Steve Barry of Sussex police said on Monday this figure could rise further.

“To give people a sense of scale and also the number of people we are trying to work with in terms of the movements of their loved ones, then I would be really surprised if it would be more than 20,” he said.

Saturday’s crash has prompted questions over whether the aerobatic display should have taken place next to a busy road.

Floral tributes are left near the site where the Hawker Hunter fighter jet crashed on to the A27. Photograph: Luke Macgregor/Reuters

The mother of one of the Shoreham victimssaid on Sunday that aerobatic displays should be held over the sea, and not in built-up areas.


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