Eleven feared dead in Shoreham air crash

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

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.

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.”

Eleven feared dead in Shoreham air crash

Explaining why he could not say for certain that 11 people had died, Mr Barry said it was a ``technical process'' which needs help from the next of kin to identify any of the bodies which are recovered.

He said: “At the moment, it may be conjecture.

“We work really closely with the families and we have specially-trained officers giving the most up-to-date information to the families that helps inform us and effectively classifies them as highly-likely as having died in the crash.

“It is not until the body is recovered that we are able to fully identify who has been killed.”


More in this Section

Khashoggi fiancee says she wants justice over ‘great betrayal and deception’Khashoggi fiancee says she wants justice over ‘great betrayal and deception’

Mediterranean countries risk becoming ‘melting pots’ for coronavirus – expertMediterranean countries risk becoming ‘melting pots’ for coronavirus – expert

Saudi suspects tried in absentia over Khashoggi death in TurkeySaudi suspects tried in absentia over Khashoggi death in Turkey

Britain wins bidding war for satellite company OneWebBritain wins bidding war for satellite company OneWeb


Lifestyle

Like it or not, video meetings are here to stay. Home editor Eve Kelliher gets an expert's secrets to preparing interiors for their close-up.How to ensure your home is always camera-ready in the Zoom era

Tougher plants, smaller plots and more communal spaces will grow in popularity, says Hannah Stephenson.What will gardens of the future look like?

Ciara McDonnell chats with four women who’ve decided to embrace their natural hair colour after time away from the salonBack to my roots: Four women who've decided to embrace their natural hair colour

Allowing your children to lead the way is the key to fun outdoor play, and there are many things you can build or buy to help them along, says Kya deLongchampsGarden adventures: Allowing your children to lead the way is the key to fun outdoor play

More From The Irish Examiner