Cambridgeshire air show will go ahead this weekend - days after pilot taking part in Sussex air show crashed, leaving up to 20 dead
PUBLISHED: 10:17 24 August 2015 | UPDATED: 10:17 24 August 2015
Organisers of a Cambridgeshire air show confirmed today the event this weekend will go ahead- just days after a pilot taking part in an air show in Sussex crashed leaving up to 20 dead.
It was also confirmed today that the pilot of the Hawker Hunter that crashed onto the A27 has been named as Andy Hill from Sandon near Royston. His plane plummeted onto the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex after it failed to pull out of a loop manoeuvre.
It was due to appear at the Little Gransden Airshow this weekend.
Sussex 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.
This morning the force said the death toll could rise to 20.
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.”
*Little Gransden organisers say their show – in aid of BBC Children in Need and local charities- will go ahead and include four hours of vintage and aerobatic flying displays. There will be also be veteran and classic vehicles.
Since 1992 the show has raised over £242,000 for charity over the years - including £63,743.69 for Children in Need in 2014.