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11 people now feared dead in Shoreham air crash

Dominic Harris, Helen William, Rachael Burnett and Kate Ferguson

Published 23/08/2015 | 15:46

Family handout photo of Matthew Grimstone, 23, who died in the Shoreham Airshow crash, when a Hawker Hunter jet ploughed into the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex, exploding in a huge fireball.
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Family handout photo of Matthew Grimstone, 23, who died in the Shoreham Airshow crash, when a Hawker Hunter jet ploughed into the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex, exploding in a huge fireball. Family handout/PA Wire
Emergency services and crash investigation officers work at the site where a Hawker Hunter fighter jet crashed onto the A27 road at Shoreham near Brighton, Britain August 23, 2015. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
Emergency services and crash investigation officers work at the site where a Hawker Hunter fighter jet crashed onto the A27 road at Shoreham near Brighton, Britain August 23, 2015. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
A boy walking a dog looks at floral tributes left near the site where a Hawker Hunter fighter jet crashed onto the A27 road at Shoreham near Brighton, Britain August 23, 2015. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
Emergency services on the A27 at the site where seven people died when an historic Hawker Hunter fighter jet plummeted on to the major south coast road at Shoreham in West Sussex after failing to pull out of a loop manoeuvre. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Emergency services and crash investigation officers work at the site where a Hawker Hunter fighter jet crashed onto the A27 road at Shoreham near Brighton, Britain August 23, 2015. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Eleven people are feared to have died in the Shoreham air crash, police said.

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Sussex Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry said police had identified 11 people they were treating as "highly likely to have died in this tragedy".

He added they could not yet formally identify any of those who had died.

Mr Barry said: "This has been an enormously traumatic incident and our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected, from those who have suffered bereavement to those in the local community who are deeply shocked."

He added: "Sadly, as a result of our initial work at the site, which has continued overnight, and inquiries following calls to the emergency services from worried families and friends, we have now identified 11 people who we are treating as highly likely to have died in this tragedy."

Mr Barry also warned that the death toll could rise further still.

A message is seen on a floral tribute left near the site where a Hawker Hunter fighter jet crashed onto the A27 road at Shoreham near Brighton, Britain August 23, 2015. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
A message is seen on a floral tribute left near the site where a Hawker Hunter fighter jet crashed onto the A27 road at Shoreham near Brighton, Britain August 23, 2015. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
Women lay flowers near to the site where a Hawker Hunter fighter jet crashed onto the A27 road at Shoreham near Brighton, Britain August 23, 2015. REUTERS/Luke Macgregor (BRITAIN - Tags: TRANSPORT DISASTER OBITUARY)
A woman looks at flowers that have been laid on the Shoreham Tollbridge that crosses the River Adur near the site where seven people died when an historic Hawker Hunter fighter jet plummeted on to the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex after failing to pull out of a loop manoeuvre. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
A woman lays flowers near to the site where a Hawker Hunter fighter jet crashed onto the A27 road at Shoreham near Brighton, Britain August 23, 2015. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Investigators are keeping "an open mind" about who has been involved in the crash as they continue to receive calls from worried friends and relatives.

He said: "The scene itself is incredibly large. A lot of specially-trained officers are sifting, as we speak, so we do need to keep an open mind but from what we have seen at this stage it is possible that we will find more fatalities."

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