UPDATE: ‘As many as 20’ could have died at Shoreham Airshow crash, say police


THE number of people killed in the Shoreham Airshow crash could reach as high as 20, according to reports from the local police force.

Eleven have so far been confirmed to have died, but Assistant Chief Constable of Sussex Police, Steve Barry, has said: “It’s too early to tell but I’d be surprised if [the death toll] doesn’t go above 11.”

He said that it had been difficult to establish the number of onlookers and cyclists in the area of the A27 road where the Hawker Hunter display jet crashed on Saturday (August 22).


“If it would be below 20 then that would probably be the best estimate that I could give you at this stage.”

Sue Grimstone, whose 23-year-old son Matthew was one of the confirmed victims, has called for restrictions to be placed on air shows. Speaking to British newspaper the Daily Telegraph, she said that displays should be held over the sea, and her call has been backed by several MPs.




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