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LONDON (Web Desk) – More bodies may be found after a vintage jet crashed, killing seven people, while performing at an air show in West Sussex, police have said.


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Air crash investigators and emergency services will continue to search the crash scene on Sunday, the BBC reported.

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The Hawker Hunter failed to complete a loop-the-loop at the Shoreham Air Show and descended into the A27 on Saturday.

The pilot was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital and is “fighting for his life”, police say.

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He has been named locally as Andy Hill, a former RAF pilot.

Seven people died and a further 14 people were injured, four of whom were taken to hospital, when the jet crashed at 13:20 BST on Saturday.

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“It is possible that tonight [Saturday] and tomorrow we are going to find more bodies at the scene,” said Supt Jane Derrick of Sussex Police.

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The force said it received about 40 calls from people concerned their relatives may have died or been injured in the crash.

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Roger Smith, a former air accident investigator, told BBC Radio 5 live the probe into the incident would involve looking at “absolutely everything”.

Video footage of the show will allow experts to “see exactly what’s happening with the aircraft”, he said.

Investigators will also look at the pilot’s health records, maintenance of the aircraft and any previous problems with the plane, he said.

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The plane would have been maintained to a “very high standard” despite its age, he added. “It’s not just a matter of sticking one in a hanger and having a look at it every now and again.”

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Police have put up a large cordon surrounding the crash site as air crash investigators continue their work.

The police tape runs for about two miles along two junctions of the main A27 trunk road that connects the Sussex coastal towns.

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The first floral tributes have been tied to the perimeter fence of the air field.

And people are getting ready to hold a minute’s silence for the people who died at a service at St Mary de Haura Church in Shoreham.

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The A27 is currently shut in both directions and is not expected to re-open for the “next couple of days”, police added.

Prime Minister David Cameron has sent his “heartfelt condolences” to the families of those who died in the crash.

Eyewitnesses have been recalling seeing the plane fall and the subsequent explosions.

It is the second incident at the Shoreham Airshow, one of the premier airshows in the UK, in recent years.

In September 2007 James Bond stuntman Brian Brown, 49, died when he crashed a World War Two Hurricane after carrying out an unplanned barrel roll at a re-enactment of the Battle of Britain.

The Hawker Hunter was a mainstay of the RAF through the 1950s and early 1960s.

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First flown in 1951, the single-seat plane was used as a fighter, fighter-bomber for reconnaissance and for aerobatics.

There was also a two-seat trainer version, which served with many other air forces. Two-seater variants are still used by the RAF for training.

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The Hawker Hunter was deployed in major operations such as Malaya and Suez.

The plane was also flown by an RAF display team dubbed the “Black Arrows”.

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