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.”
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.”