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Police warn bodies of more victims may be found at site of UK air show crash

* Seven people are confirmed dead
* Pilot of jet fighter plane is 'fighting for his life' in hospital
* Plane crashed into cars on busy road near air show in Sussex

Dominic Harris, Helen William and Rachael Burnett

Published 22/08/2015 | 21:48

Emergency services attend the scene on the A27 as seven people have died after a plane crashed into cars on the major road during an aerial display at the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex.
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Emergency services attend the scene on the A27 as seven people have died after a plane crashed into cars on the major road during an aerial display at the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
A Search and Rescue team attends the scene on the A27 as seven people have died after a plane crashed into cars on the major road during an aerial display at the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Emergency services attend the scene on the A27 as seven people have died after a plane crashed into cars on the major road during an aerial display at the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

The bodies of more victims may be found as investigators and emergency services continue to search the scene of the Shoreham Airshow plane crash, police said.

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Seven people died when an historic Hawker Hunter jet plummeted on to the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex after it failed to pull out of a loop manoeuvre.

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @NDH37087 of smoke following a crash involving a plane near Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex. Emergency services are at the scene on the A27.
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BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter feed of @NDH37087 of smoke following a crash involving a plane near Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex. Emergency services are at the scene on the A27. @NDH37087/PA Wire
Emergency services attend the scene on the A27 as seven people have died after a plane crashed into cars on the major road during an aerial display at the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Emergency services attend the scene on the A27 as seven people have died after a plane crashed into cars on the major road during an aerial display at the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex. Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

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The pilot was flown to the Royal Sussex Hospital where he is in a critical condition and fighting for his life, Superintendent Jane Derrick, from Sussex Police, said.

A further 14 people were injured, four of whom were taken to hospital, after the jet crashed at around 1.20pm shortly after it began its display in front of thousands of show visitors.

Horrified onlookers described seeing the plane flying low to the ground followed by a "huge ball of fire and black smoke".

A Search and Rescue team attends the scene on the A27 as seven people have died after a plane crashed into cars on the major road during an aerial display at the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. See PA story AIR Crash. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
A Search and Rescue team attends the scene on the A27 as seven people have died after a plane crashed into cars on the major road during an aerial display at the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. See PA story AIR Crash. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Numberplate pixelated by PA picture desk Emergency services attend the scene on the A27 as seven people have died after a plane crashed into cars on the major road during an aerial display at the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. See PA story AIR Crash. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

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Footage of the crash posted online showed the jet carrying out a loop manoeuvre high in the air but smashing in to the road in a huge fireball after it failed to pull up in time.

It is not known whether the pilot was able to eject, and Ms Derrick said she was unable to confirm his identity.

She said: "Sadly we believe that seven people have lost their lives today when the jet crashed.

Emergency services attend the scene on the A27 as seven people have died after a plane crashed into cars on the major road during an aerial display at the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. See PA story AIR Crash. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Emergency services attend the scene on the A27 as seven people have died after a plane crashed into cars on the major road during an aerial display at the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. See PA story AIR Crash. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Emergency services attend the scene on the A27 as seven people have died after a plane crashed into cars on the major road during an aerial display at the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. See PA story AIR Crash. Photo credit should read: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Emergency services attend the scene on the A27 as seven people have died after a plane crashed into cars on the major road during an aerial display at the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

"As far as we are aware all those who sadly lost their lives were on the road, and it was nobody within the air show perimeter on the actual airport.

Read more here: Seven people confirmed dead and one in critical condition following plane crash near airshow

"At this time we are continuing to search ... the area to ensure that we have identified all the casualties.

"It is possible that tonight and tomorrow we are going to find more bodies at the scene."

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