Shoreham airshow crash death toll rises to 11

Posted On 23 Aug 2015 at 4:00 pm

The death toll has risen to 11 in the Shoreham airshow crash on the A27, according to police.

The figure was given by Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry, of Sussex Police, after specialist teams began recovering bodies from the crash site.

He said that the force had identified 11 people who were highly likely to have died as a result of a Hawker Hunter crashing yesterday (Saturday 22 August).

Initially police were aware of seven people dying in the crash, including Jacob Schilt, from Brighton, and his Worthing United FC team-mate Matthew Grimstone, 23. Mr Grimstone used to play for Mile Oak.

Mr Grimstone worked for Brighton and Hove Albion and the club this afternoon paid tribute to him and to Mr Schilt, an Albion fan.

Another of those who died was personal trainer Matt Jones, 24, from Littlehampton.

The Hunter pilot, Andy Hill, remains in a critical condition in hospital. Mr Hill flew for the Royal Air Force and British Airways.

Jacob Schilt

Jacob Schilt

Matt Grimstone

Matt Grimstone

Investigators are still at the scene and recovery work is taking place. It could take days, Sussex Police said. The force urged drivers to avoid the road for the next few days.

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