Sussex Police says it is "highly likely" that at least 11 people perished as a result of the plane crash at Shoreham Airshow on Saturday (22 August). Sussex Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry said the names of the victims will not be released until they have been officially identified and families informed.
Thirteen people described as "walking wounded" have now been released from hospital. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch and dozens of police are still at the scene of the crash. A crane will be used at the site tomorrow (Monday, 24 August) to assist in the recovery operation, and Barry warned there was still a chance further bodies could be found.
Chief Superintendent Tony Blaker added: "Our priorities now lie with supporting those who have been affected by this desperately tragic incident. The task of recovering those who died has commenced and then there is a significant investigation to take place, jointly held by the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch. That is likely to extend over several days."
The pilot of the Hawker Hunter jet, former RAF pilot Andy Hill, was dragged from the wreckage and remains critically ill in hospital. The cause of the disaster has not yet been identified. The police also asked the media not to publish the most graphic images and footage of the crash for the sake of worried families still seeking information about missing people.