No more victims found as Shoreham crash jet lifted

No more victims found as Shoreham crash jet lifted

No further victims have so far been found following the lifting of the jet involved in the fatal Shoreham air disaster, police said.

Senior officers at Sussex Police said their estimate that 11 people died in the crash on Saturday "remains in place" but warned further victims may be found.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry said: "As a result of lifting the jet, we have not discovered any evidence of further victims and our estimate of 11 highly likely victims remains in place.

"However, until we have fully completed the search of what is an extensive scene, I must caution that there is still the possibility that we may discover evidence of further victims, but I am not prepared to speculate on that figure."

As the jet was removed for forensic examination, it emerged that more than 200 people have reported concerns about missing friends and relatives since the disaster.

It happened at 1.20pm when a 1950s Hawker Hunter fighter jet plummeted on to the A27 amid a fireball after failing to pull out of a loop-the-loop stunt.

Pilot Andrew Hill is fighting for his life after being put into a medically induced coma, while at least 11 people were killed in the crash. Police earlier said the final death toll could be up to 20.

As recovery of the wreckage and victims got under way, police revealed that the crash sites now extends slightly further than the 400 yards first identified.

The jet will be sent to Farnborough in Hampshire where Air Accidents Investigation (AAIB) investigators will examine the wreckage.

Vehicles and other debris will then be removed from the scene before a second phase of checking to ensure all victims have been accounted for.

Mr Barry said: "I appreciate that things will never be the same again in Shoreham, but would like to assure everyone affected by the incident that all of us working on the operation are determined that we will provide answers to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones and work as quickly as we can to complete our investigations and reopen the road."