At least 11 people were claimed “highly likely” to be dead following a plane crash during an airshow on Saturday, police said.
However, only seven bodies have been recovered after the accident, wherein the plane crashed on a busy southern England road.
“Sadly, as a result of our initial work at the site, which has continued overnight … we have now identified 11 people who we are treating as highly likely to have died in this tragedy,” Sussex Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry said.
“I am aware that this sounds rather technical, but there are processes that have to be followed.”
‘This has been an enormously traumatic incident’
The pilot of the Hawker Hunter was taken to the hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
“This has been an enormously traumatic incident, and our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the incident, from those who have suffered bereavement to those in the local community who are deeply shocked,” Barry said, as reported by NBC News.
The plane will be removed from the crash site on Monday. Until then, efforts are being made to recover more bodies.
Sussex police said all of the victims were on the roadway, whereas no injuries were reported of the people attending the airshow.
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‘You’re too low, pull up’
Witness Stephen Jones said, “He’d gone up into a loop and as he was coming out of the loop I just thought, you’re too low, you’re too low, pull up.”
“And he flew straight into the ground either on or very close to the A27, which runs past the airport.”
It is not the first accident to have occurred at the Shoreham Airshow.
In 2007, James Bond stuntman Brian Brown died trying to re-enact the Battle of Britain, as reported by 9news.com.au. Brown tried to do a barrel role and crashed a World War Two Hurricane.
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