Update Shoreham air crash– Eleven people are now feared dead after a Hawker Hunter jet crashed into four cars, while performing at an air show in West Sussex on Saturday afternoon.
Families and friends of men killed in the disaster speak of their heartache, as investigators and emergency services continue to search the scene of the Shoreham air crash, Sussex police have said.
The vintage Hawker Hunter single-seat fighter jet was attempting a loop manoeuvre, but the plane reportedly failed to pull out. Witness said that the pilot did not eject before the plane hit the ground. The vintage jet crashed into four cars on the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex.
The pilot of the plane, Andy Hill, 51, was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital and is in a critical condition and fighting for his life, Supt Jane Derrick of Sussex police said on Saturday night.
“At this time we are continuing to search … the area to ensure that we have identified all the casualties,” Derrick said.
“It is possible that tonight and tomorrow we are going to find more bodies at the scene,” he added.
Footballers Jacob Schilt, 23 and Matthew Grimstone, 23, died on their way to a match.
Sue, the mother of Matthew Grimstone has spoken to the Daily Telegraph. She criticized the decision to hold the event in a built up area near to a main road.
Matt Jones, 24, a gym instructor from Littlehampton was on his way home from work with a friend on the A27 is also a victim of the crash, sources said.
Video footage of the show will allow experts to “see exactly what’s happening with the aircraft,” Roger Smith, a former air accident investigator, told BBC Radio 5.
Authorities began the process of removing the bodies from the wreckage on Sunday and said they expected that the death toll may rise as investigation continues. IMAGE by Eddie Mitchell/Aerial News