Former para and chauffeur, 76, is the fourth victim to be confirmed dead as experts warn investigation into Shoreham jet disaster could take YEARS

  • 11 have been confirmed dead after Shoreham jet crash disaster on A27 but police say up to 20 may have perished 
  • Personal trainer Matt Jones and Worthing United footballers Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt among victims 
  • Fourth victim identified tonight as chauffeur, ex-serviceman and keen gardener Maurice Abrahams, 76, of Brighton
  • Pilot Andy Hill is fighting for life in an induced coma as his family say they are 'devastated for the loss of life' 
  • Red Arrows 'refused to perform' at Shoreham Airshow because they believe site is 'too dangerous' for stunts 
  • The Civil Aviation Authority bans flying displays over land by vintage jet aircraft until 'further notice' after disaster 
  • Coroner said identifying victims could 'take weeks' and expert Julian Bray said investigation could 'take years'

The fourth victim of the Shoreham Airshow crash was tonight confirmed as a 76-year-old Daimler chauffeur and former serviceman.

Keen gardener Maurice Abrahams, 76, from Brighton, was described by his family as a ‘well-respected and loved father and husband’.

He was ‘proud to have served in the Grenadier Guards and the Parachute Regiment’ and was in Cyprus and Bahrain with the United Nations.

The chauffeur was also once a police officer, and Sussex Police revealed his identity as experts warned the probe into the disaster could take years.

Also, it was claimed the Red Arrows refuse to fly at the airshow each year because 'there is nowhere to put a plane down without killing someone'.

The astonishing claim was made today as it emerged up to 20 people may have died in the jet disaster on Saturday on the A27 in West Sussex. 

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Maurice Abrahams, 76, from Brighton, who  died in the Shoreham Airshow crash
Undated Sussex Police handout photo of Maurice Abrahams, 76, from Brighton, with his Daimler car that he was driving when he died in the Shoreham air disaster

Chauffeur: Maurice Abrahams, 76, from Brighton, died in the Shoreham Airshow crash when a Hawker Hunter jet ploughed into the A27

Tragedy: A crane today lifts up part of the fuselage of the Hawker jet with RAF insignia on the side from the A27 in West Sussex today where up to 20 people are now feared dead

Tragedy: A crane today lifts up part of the fuselage of the Hawker jet with RAF insignia on the side from the A27 in West Sussex today where up to 20 people are now feared dead

Decimated: This is the largest piece of the jet that survived the crash intact as experts piece together what happened in Britain's worst air show disaster for a generation

Decimated: These are large pieces of the jet, a wing left and part of the front, right, that survived the crash intact as experts piece together what happened in Britain's worst air show disaster for a generation

Investigation: The jet is being salvaged so air accident investigators can examine the machinery to see if there was an obvious fault before it crashed into the A27

Investigation: The jet is being salvaged so air accident investigators can examine the machinery to see if there was an obvious fault before it crashed into the A27

Changes This is moment the Hawker crashed into cars in a ball of flames -  the disaster could now lead to an overhaul of safety rules for British air shows 

Changes This is moment the Hawker crashed into cars in a ball of flames - the disaster could now lead to an overhaul of safety rules for British air shows 

Police have confirmed 11 people lost their lives in the crash but fear nine more bodies may be found as they used a crane to lift the Hawker's wreckage.

The force has not yet found any further bodies, but more than 200 people have reported concerns about missing friends and relatives since the disaster.

A personal trainer and two young footballers have been named as victims but Sussex Police warned identifying up to 17 others may 'take weeks'.

Aviation expert Julian Bray said the probe into what caused Britain's worst air disaster for a generation 'will probably take a couple of years at least'. 

The Civil Aviation Authority today banned vintage aircraft from aerobatics and limited their involvement in air displays to flypasts until 'further notice'.

It came after bereaved families demanded to know why an aerobatic display where pilots try daredevil stunts was held next to a busy dual carriageway.

A former airshow promoter claimed the RAF's famous Red Arrows display team would never perform at Shoreham because they fear a 'major accident'.

Pilots believe the 'danger level' is 'too high' and turn down the chance to perform 'every year' because any crash would 'be a disaster', he said.

MYSTERY SURROUNDS WHY 'UNBELIEVABLY EXPERIENCED' PILOT LOST CONTROL OF JET 

The pilot involved in the Shoreham air disaster was 'unbelievably experienced' and his preparation for air displays was 'second to none', an expert has said.

Andy Hill, is in a critical condition in hospital after his plane slammed into the A27 in West Sussex on Saturday, ploughing through cars on the busy road as it burst into a huge fireball.

The 51-year-old, an instructor who is also a British Airways captain, is considered one of Britain's most experienced captains.  

George Bacon, of the British Air Display Association, said he worked with former RAF instructor Andy Hill at an event earlier this month and he was 'very thorough' in the way he prepared for flights.

He told BBC Breakfast: 'He was an unbelievably experienced chap. Very, very thorough and professional in the way he prepares for his displays. All pilots are required to undertake training and mentoring before they undertake display flying.

'The preparation this particular pilot undertook was second to none. I was involved in another event with him just a week ago and he always would call in, as many of them do, to debrief their last display to try and work out whether there was any better way of doing it.

'Together we will work within the UK to see if we can find other ways of preventing this ever happening again. It was really quite extraordinary.'

Mr Hill is currently in a coma in hospital after he was pulled from the wreckage.

Chris Heames had been die to fly the plane until they swapped a month before the display. 

In a statement his family said: 'Following the tragic events at the Shoreham Air Show on Saturday, the pilot's family are devastated and deeply saddened for the loss of life, and they send their prayers and heartfelt condolences to the families of all those affected at this difficult time'. 

The man, who did not wish to be named told the Daily Mirror: 'Every year the organisers apply for a Red Arrows display but they turn them down.

'I have friends involved in the organisation of Shoreham Airshow and have been there several times.

'The Red Arrows refuse to display there as they say the surrounding area is far too dangerous and could lead to a major accident.

'All they will do at Shoreham is a straight flypast with red, white and blue smoke coming out the back of the jets. They have refused point blank to do an acrobatic display. 

'They say there is no fall-out zone and any accident would be a disaster there. There is nowhere for them to put a plane down without killing someone'. 

An Royal Air Force source confirmed to MailOnline that Shoreham would be unsuitable for a Red Arrow display.

He said: 'It is not a large enough space for the Red Arrows. An aircraft like the Hunter doesn't need a large space. If it was big enough we would not refuse.' 

Today the family of pilot Andy Hill, 51, who is in an induced coma after being pulled from the flaming wreckage of his jet, said they are 'devastated and deeply saddened for the loss of life'.  

Shoreham Airshow's organisers, the Royal Air Forces Association, were forced to defend its safety record after families wanted to know why the pilot tried a dangerous loop manoeuvre over the A27.

Today the CAA said: 'Flying displays over land by vintage jet aircraft will be significantly restricted until further notice.

'They will be limited to flypasts, which means 'high energy' aerobatics will not be permitted,' a spokesman said.

Mr Bray predicted the results of the full inquiry into what caused the crash will not be known for several years.

He said: 'In this particular case, they will not only learn the lessons, but there is going to be a huge investigation. The investigation will probably take a couple of years at least and then a very detailed report will come out.

'They have got to recover the fuselage and they will probably take it to Farnborough or they might hire a private warehouse. They will reconstruct the whole aircraft as far as they can to find out what happened.

'Hopefully the pilot will survive and will be able to assist with the debrief.' 

Heartbroken relatives last night confirmed that victims include personal trainer Matt Jones and two young footballers, Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, who were on their way to play in a match for Worthing United. 

Daniele Polito, 23, who was with personal trainer Matt Jones in his car and is feared dead while motorcyclist Mark Trussler has not been in contact with his family since the crash. 

The 1950s Hawker plane was taking part in the Shoreham Airshow on Saturday afternoon. Its fuel tanks exploded on impact with the road, turning the aircraft into a fireball that destroyed at least a dozen cars.

Others on motorcycles, bicycles and watching the air show were also killed in the crash.

Lines of flowers were left at the town's Old Toll Bridge in memory of those who died in the crash. 

Police said today they expect to find more bodies and it will take days to examine the crash site.

Assistant chief constable Steve Barry of Sussex Police said: 'It is too early to tell but I'd be surprised if it (the death toll) doesn't go above 11 but if it were below 20 then that would probably be the best estimate I could give you at this stage'. 

He added: 'There are victims that we have in the cars, on motorbikes, pedal cycles and in the seated areas. 

'It makes it very complicated to establish who was where and who we can actually confirm has been a victim of this crash.

'Today there is a plan for a crane to come and the plan is for the plane to be moved and then for the recovery to continue.

'The plane needs to be made safe. There are issues around fuel in the aircraft still and there is an issue around making sure the ejector seat is still safe.

'Hopefully the aircraft will be moved today. What that will uncover in terms of further recovery work is unknown and it's possible that once the aircraft is moved that we will discover more fatalities. 

Pilot Andy Hill is fighting for his life today but was not originally listed to be flying the Hawker Hunter
Retired RAF Squadron Leader Chris Heames was to fly the jet on Saturday but Mr Hill stepped in around two months ago

Swap: Pilot Andy Hill, left, is fighting for his life today but was not originally listed to be flying the Hawker Hunter - retired RAF Squadron Leader Chris Heames, right, was to fly the jet on Saturday but Mr Hill stepped in around two months ago when he booked a holiday

Tragic loss: Matt Jones - whose family has been left 'devastated' - is one of the three confirmed victims
Matthew Grimstone has been killed in the disaster
Jacob Schilt also is confirmed dead

Tragic loss: Matt Jones - whose family has been left 'devastated' - is one of the three confirmed victims along with Worthing United teammates Matthew Grimstone (centre) and Jacob Schilt (right) died on Saturday on the way to a match

Young father Daniele Polito is still missing

Missing:  Mark Trussler's fiancée Giovanna, pictured together left, appealed on social media for help him because he has not been heard from since the crash while Daniele Polito, right, is still missing

'Once the aircraft is moved then the forensic examination of the scene continues and even then, once that's clear, the highway will need major repairs, so it could be days rather than hours before the A27 is opened.' 

Victim: Personal trainer Matt Jones was giving a friend a lift when he was killed in Shoreham, in the car behind him

Victim: Personal trainer Matt Jones was giving a friend a lift when he was killed in Shoreham, in the car behind him

West Sussex Coroner Penny Schofield said it could 'take weeks' to identify the dead.

She said: 'Specialist recovery teams are still at the scene searching for the remains of those who died but it is a very slow and painstaking process.

'We ask for everyone's patience and understanding over the next few days as the recovery teams carry out their work.

'The fire was so intense and the scale of the damage so vast, it means that we must very carefully remove the remains in a way that will lead to a formal identification.' 

The A27 in West Sussex will be shut for several days for investigators to find out why the Hawker Hunter crashed into the busy road at more than 150mph. 

Pilot Andy Hill is fighting for his life in hospital after he was pulled from the flaming wreckage of his jet.

In a statement his family said: 'Following the tragic events at the Shoreham Air Show on Saturday, the pilot's family are devastated and deeply saddened for the loss of life, and they send their prayers and heartfelt condolences to the families of all those affected at this difficult time.

'Andrew Hill, remains in critical condition. He has multiple injuries and is in a medically induced coma. His family pay tribute to the emergency services for their highly professional response following the accident and to the medical team at the Royal Sussex County Hospital for the care they are continuing to provide to Andrew.'

It emerged today that the pilot who is fighting for his life was not originally listed to be flying the Hawker Hunter. 

It has now been revealed that retired RAF Squadron Leader Chris Heames was originally listed to fly the historic jet on Saturday - but Mr Hill stepped in around two months ago. 

The Royal Airforces Association said that the decision to change pilots was 'entirely routine' as they shared their air show commitments between them.

Mr Heames, from Stamford in Lincolnshire, is one of Britain's most experienced pilots with more than 13,500 flying hours inlcuding 6,000 in fast jets and 3.500 in gliders.

He served with Royal Air Force Germany at Bruggen and returned to the UK as an instructor with at RAF Cottesmore. 

He told MailOnline: 'I was down to fly until two months ago until I organised a family holiday to Cambodia. Andy swapped with me. 

'I arrived home from holiday this morning but I found out about the crash because a number of people texted me while I was away because they were worried about my wellbeing.

'I have known Andy for a long time and I am very sad. It's tragic that all these people have lost their lives while going about their business.

'But we should not jump to any conclusions about what happened. We should allow the air accident investigators to carry out their work.

'Andy and I are two equally experienced and qualified pilots who have flown this plane many times at airshows. He has also flown the same plane there. 

The Shoreham jet crash disaster could lead to an overhaul of safety rules for British air shows.

The Civil Aviation Authority has now announced to 'thoroughly examine' the crash before reviewing rules which govern the performance of aerobatics in built-up areas.  

Recovery work: The giant crane spent several hours picking up debris from the dual carriageway, which will remain closed for a number of days

Recovery work: The giant crane spent several hours picking up debris from the dual carriageway, which will remain closed for a number of days

The damaged remains of the fuselage of a Hawker Hunter fighter jet are lifted by crane
Crane lifting remains of the aircraft that smashed into cars on busy road on Saturday

Piecing it to together: The surviving parts of the Hawker jet, left and right, were recovered today and will be looked at by air accident investigators 

Death rise: Forensics begin to comb the crash zone today where up to 20 people died on Saturday when the Hawker jet ploughed into traffic on the A27

Death rise: Forensics begin to comb the crash zone today where up to 20 people died on Saturday when the Hawker jet ploughed into traffic on the A27

Recovery: Swathes of the road have been taped off today as a crane, at the top of the picture, is brought in to lift the jet

Recovery: Swathes of the road have been taped off today as a crane, at the top of the picture, is brought in to lift the jet

Clear-up: The operation to recover the victims, the jet and the cars will last several days because of the size of the operation, police said today

Clear-up: The operation to recover the victims, the jet and the cars will last several days because of the size of the operation, police said today

It means crowds could now be forced to watch displays from hundreds of metres away, while new minimum heights for stunts could also be introduced.  

SON TRIES TO TRACK DOWN TWO DRIVERS WHO HELPED PARENTS 

A man is desperately trying to track down two drivers following the tragedy.

Danny Minter is trying to track down two people who helped his parents when they broke down on the A27 junction just before the plane crash.

The 41-year-old's mother and father's blue BMW broke down and two drivers stopped and helped the couple get back on their way.

One of the drivers offered them water for the car and a mother and her children also pulled up next to them after one of her children had been sick.

Mr Minter, from Lancing in West Sussex, said: ‘Were you on the A27 yesterday just before the crash? My mum and dad's car had broken down on the junction. It's a blue BMW that had over heated.

‘They're trying to find two cars one was a black BMW or Audi and the driver stopped to offer him water for the car. And the other car was a blue MPV with a mum and children.

‘If you know who these are could you please comment just to check that you are ok. Both of these cars are stuck in the minds of my parents. To know you are ok wound go to helping them a little. Thank you.’

The families of the dead have demanded to know why the Shoreham air display could go ahead at all because of its proximity to the A27.

There are also deep concerns about why the pilot tried the loop over the road rather than over empty fields or the nearby Channel. 

But Mr Heames says that airports are almost always next to main roads and maintains Shoreham is safe.

He said: 'I flew the same plane at the same event last year and the year before. I have no concerns over safety there.

'It very clear where you have to fly and it's very carefully planned.

'Also there is not an airport in the country that is not next a busy road. A few years ago a plane ended up on a road close to Heathrow. It happens'. 

The Royal Air Forces Association, who organised the show, said safety standards at air displays in Britain 'are among the very highest in the world'.

It added: 'All air display arrangements, including the pilots and aircraft, must meet rigorous safety requirements and are regularly reviewed to ensure they provide the highest possible levels of protection.

'At Shoreham we have always taken those safety arrangements very seriously.' 

The Red Arrows are said to have refused to perform at Shoreham because of the risk. 

Lancing College, which sits beside the A27, always evacuates its building in case of disasters.

A series of devastating social media messages from the sister of Shoreham air crash victim Matt Jones have revealed the family's anguish.

As news of the the worst air disaster for a generation began to circulate on Saturday afternoon, Becky Jones nervously phoned her brother Matt to check he was okay.

The personal trainer had finished work and was heading along the A27 to join his friends at the beach to enjoy one of the hottest days of the year. 

Mr Jones, 24, always had his phone on but it was going to voicemail. So Miss Jones went on Facebook to see if anyone knew where he was.

Posting at 5pm – four hours after the crash – she wrote: 'Has anyone heard from my brother Matt Jones since the plane crash today? He was on the Shoreham road when it happened and he hasn't come home.

'He has always got his phone on and it's just going to voicemail. He finished work at 1pm so would have been passing the airport at 1.20 when the crash happened. 

Search: Emergency service workers in protective overalls walk on to the A27 as the hunt for more victims continues

Search: Emergency service workers in protective overalls walk on to the A27 as the hunt for more victims continues

Human cost: A private ambulance drives a body away from the site of a plane crash in Shoreham today as police said they expected the death toll to rise

Human cost: A private ambulance drives a body away from the site of a plane crash in Shoreham today as police said they expected the death toll to rise

'All the police have said is that seven confirmed motorists are dead and lots more in critical condition, but they haven't released any names yet.'

An hour later, she posted: 'He was giving someone a lift and his mate's phone's off as well and no one has heard from either of them.'

Three hours later, Miss Jones, 26, from Littlehampton, posted again to say: 'He's ok everyone. We haven't spoken to him but his mate just called to say he's been seen at the beach.'

Friends expressed their relief, with one saying: 'Thank God! Glad he's ok.'

Then, in a heartbreaking post shortly afterwards, Miss Jones said: 'Back to square one guys – the person that said they were with Matt actually aren't.' She added: 'Matt Jones, where are you?' 

Becky said that four car-loads of friends had driven to the crash site to look for Matt's silver BMW 2.5L Coupe, but were turned away by police.

Matt Jones's grieving family have told of the devastating moment they received news that the 24-year-old had been killed in the Shoreham Airshow crash.

His mother Hazel, 59, said Mr Jones didn't typically drive to his job as a contractor on a Shoreham building site, but had decided to take a half day and go to the beach with friends in the afternoon.

Mr Jones, who lived with his family in Littlehampton, West Sussex, was driving along the A27 with fellow contractor Daniele Polito when the vintage plane crashed after attempting a manoeuvre mid-air during the Shoreham Airshow.

Mrs Jones was concerned when she and husband Stephen, 61, had come home and noticed that Matt hadn't been in.

She said: 'We had been out for the day and when we came home he hadn't been in from work - which was odd because he normally comes in for a shower.

'Then we heard on the TV that there had been this plane crash and I knew matt would have been finishing work at 1pm in Shoreham and there was a big possibility he could have been on that road at 1.20.'

The couple rang the police and hospitals in the area but there was no news about where Mr Jones might be.

Mrs Jones said: 'In the mean time we got in touch with friends to ask if anyone had seen Matt, but nobody had' 

In the early hours of the morning detectives arrived at their home to give the family the devastating news.

Mr Jones said: 'You know that as soon as the police arrive it's bad news.'

His mother added: 'The police arrived and told us that they had found a silver BMW had been involved in the accident.

'They had also found nearby Matt's driving licence. So I think as far as we were concerned that was confirmation what had happened really. 

His mother yesterday described him as an 'absolute diamond' and said: 'Matt was my boy, a lovely boy. He was an absolute diamond.'

Mr Jones had recently returned from travelling to India and Australia and had just qualified as a personal trainer. 

Worthing United footballers Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, both 23, and from Brighton, were also among the victims.

They had been on their way to play in a 3pm match against Loxwood FC when they were caught up in the tragedy.

Much loved: Matt Jones, right, died in the disaster and his heartbroken family including his sister Becky, left, have described the terrible moment they learned her had died and the dreadful hours before it was confirmed

Much loved: Matt Jones, right, died in the disaster and his heartbroken family including his sister Becky, left, have described the terrible moment they learned her had died and the dreadful hours before it was confirmed

In mourning: Groundsmen from Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club pay their respects to colleagues and friends Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt at the bridge overlooking the crash site

In mourning: Groundsmen from Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club pay their respects to colleagues and friends Matt Grimstone and Jacob Schilt at the bridge overlooking the crash site

Heartbroken: The two footballers, who now played for Worthing United, had close links to Brighton and Hove Albion, whose staff have been left heartbroken by their deaths

Heartbroken: The two footballers, who now played for Worthing United, had close links to Brighton and Hove Albion, whose staff have been left heartbroken by their deaths

One note tied to the bridge said the West Sussex community had been 'left numb' by what happened
Mourners wrote of heaven 'gaining more angels' today

Messages: One note tied to the bridge said the West Sussex community had been 'left numb' by what happened while others wrote of heaven 'gaining more angels'

Tributes: The bridge now has bunches of flowers and other items left by mourners running its whole length

Tributes: The bridge now has bunches of flowers and other items left by mourners running its whole length

Football fans have visited the crash site because of the deaths of two victims
one child drew this moving tribute to those who lost their lives

Notes: Football fans have visited the crash site because of the deaths of two victims while one child drew this moving tribute to those who lost their live

And Mr Grimstone's mother last night criticised the decision to hold the airshow in a built up area near a main road. 

VICTIM WAS 'ADRENALINE JUNKIE' 

Victim: Matt Jones

Victim: Matt Jones

A victim of the Shoreham crash has been described as an ‘adrenaline junkie’ by his devastated mother – after it was revealed his family may have to wait two weeks to lay him to rest.

Personal trainer Matt Jones, 24, was killed when the Hawker Hunter fighter jet plummeted from the sky and onto his BMW car on the A27.

His father Stephen has revealed police have told him they will have to wait for his body to be released while their investigations are ongoing.

He said: ‘Due to the catastrophic nature of the accident Saturday, police have told me it may be a couple of weeks before we can arrange Matt’s funeral.’

His heartbroken mother Hazel is still trying to come to terms with the loss.

At the family home in Littlehampton, Mrs Jones said: ‘Matt was an adventurer. He was outgoing.He was the life and soul of the party. He set goals for himself and always achieved them, come what may. Nothing would ever get in his way. 

'Last year he went to Australia travelling around and worked in various places. He liked sky-diving, scuba diving. He was a real adrenaline junkie.’ 

Speaking from her home in Brighton, Sue Grimstone told The Daily Telegraph: 'Air shows should be over the sea. It should never have been over that road. It's such a waste.' 

Mr Grimstone, who was a goalkeeper with the non-league club, was 'the kindest person you could ever meet, with a great wit', his family said.

His parents Sue and Phil and brothers David and Paul, from Littlehampton, Sussex, said they were in 'total shock'.

Worthing United chairman Steve Taylor said the club was 'devastated' by the loss. 

Worthing – who play in the Southern Combination League – called off the match after hearing news of the tragedy.

The Football Association also paid tribute to the players, tweeting: 'We are saddened to hear two members of the football family were killed in the Shoreham air disaster.

'Our thoughts are with their family, friends, team-mates and all others affected.'

The family of Mr Schilt, who is believed to work as a Sainsbury's delivery driver, were too upset to talk last night. 

Fears are for a motorcycling enthusiast whose family said they had not heard from him since the day of the Shoreham air disaster.

Mark Trussler's fiancée appealed on social media for help to find the 49-year-old, poignantly adding that she was 'hoping he just doesn't have mobile signal'.

Giovanna Chirico, 33, wrote on Facebook on Saturday: 'Mark Trussler missing was riding an all black motorbike … he was at Shoreham airport today.'

While there was no confirmation from the authorities that Mr Trussler, pictured, was one of the victims, his motorbike was said by friends to have been found near the site of the crash. 

Tearful relatives at the family home in Worthing, West Sussex, yesterday declined to talk to reporters. 

Miss Chirico's Facebook page was covered in messages from concerned friends asking for news.

The death toll from the Shoreham air disaster will rise beyond the current total of 11, police said last night.

Rescuers expect to find more charred remains today when they start moving the wreckage of burnt-out cars and the crashed jet. 

Friends of a young father who was travelling in the car with one of the victims of the Shoreham Airshow tragedy believe he too was killed in the blast after failing to make contact since.

Daniele Polito, 23, was with personal trainer Matt Jones, 24, whose silver BMW was struck by the Hawker Hunter fighter jet while waiting at traffic lights on the A27.

His family are appealing for information of his whereabouts after failing to make contact with him since the blast on Saturday afternoon.

However, tributes have begun pouring in on social media for Mr Polito who lives near the disaster in Worthing, West Sussex.  

AIR SHOW BOSS COMES UNDER FIRE FOR REFUSING TO RULE OUT DISPLAYS HELD OVER LAND 

The chairman of the British Air Display Association has come under fire after refusing to be drawn on whether acrobatic flights should be banned from taking place over land.

When questioned repeatedly on the subject during an appearance on Radio 4's Today show, John Turner insisted that a full investigation must take place before any action is taken.

He said achieving safety at air displays is 'far more complex' than saying the shows must only happen over water.

The former RAF pilot said a 'question of balance' had to be considered following the Shoreham air disaster because air shows earn millions of pounds each year for local businesses and charities.

John Turner, the chairman of the British Air Display Association, has come under fire after refusing to be drawn on whether acrobatic flights should be banned from taking place over land

John Turner, the chairman of the British Air Display Association, has come under fire after refusing to be drawn on whether acrobatic flights should be banned from taking place over land

He said: 'We've had 63 years of accident free operations at air shows in the United Kingdom. That reflects the rules and regulations we already have in place.

'Obviously we've had an accident. But it's important we know and understand precisely why, so we can make the right corrective actions, otherwise we simply make misguided changes without really knowing the full facts.

'The precise locations and how you achieve aviation safely is a far more complex thing than saying 'just do it here'. There are many more factors involved.' 

But his comments have prompted a furious reaction on social media, with some accusing him of disregarding public safety. 

John Youles ‏tweeted: 'Unbelievable - John Turner refusing to concede that air stunts over built up area more dangerous than if over sea.'

One listener tweeted: 'John Turner was a disgrace. He is clearly putting self interest first. Otherwise he would have simply said 'yes' to a simple?' 

In the air: The 1950s plane was taking part in a display when it encountered a problem and crashed into the ground in a fireball

In the air: The 1950s plane was taking part in a display when it encountered a problem and crashed into the ground in a fireball

Trouble: The aircraft continued to lose altitude but the pilot seemed to get the jet's nose pointing up in a desperate attempt to gain height

Trouble: The aircraft continued to lose altitude but the pilot seemed to get the jet's nose pointing up in a desperate attempt to gain height

Desperate: The jet disappeared behind the tree line as it was just a few feet above the A27 road which was packed with cars at the time

Desperate: The jet disappeared behind the tree line as it was just a few feet above the A27 road which was packed with cars at the time

Tragedy: The plane crashed in a fiery explosion on the nearby A27, which runs alongside the airfield

Tragedy: The plane crashed in a fiery explosion on the nearby A27, which runs alongside the airfield

The Civil Aviation Authority has vowed to rethink guidelines after a Hawker hunter jet ploughed into traffic on the A27 in West Sussex in the worst air show disaster in a generation 

The Civil Aviation Authority has vowed to rethink guidelines after a Hawker hunter jet ploughed into traffic on the A27 in West Sussex in the worst air show disaster in a generation 

Fears: Although many victims were in their cars there are concerns about the group, circled, watching the display where the jet came down

Fears: Although many victims were in their cars there are concerns about the group, circled, watching the display where the jet came down

Witnesses have described seeing the jet stall during a loop-the-loop stunt at the airshow and fail to complete the manoeuvre
Witnesses have described seeing the jet stall during a loop-the-loop stunt at the airshow and fail to complete the manoeuvre

Coming down: Witnesses described seeing the jet stall during the loop-the-loop stunt (pictured) at the airshow and fail to complete the manoeuvre. There have been questions over whether it should have happened

Thick smoke: Sussex Police said it might take several days to reopen the road because it suffered extensive damage in the crash 

Thick smoke: Sussex Police said it might take several days to reopen the road because it suffered extensive damage in the crash 

Map: The Hawker Hunter crashed on the main A27 just north of Brighton City Airport - killing 11 people on the ground, according to police

Map: The Hawker Hunter crashed on the main A27 just north of Brighton City Airport - killing 11 people on the ground, according to police

 

Rebecca and Rajendran Asekaran (pictured) went ahead with their big day and only found out about the Shoreham Airshow disaster which claimed the lives of 11 people after the ceremony

Rebecca and Rajendran Asekaran (pictured) went ahead with their big day and only found out about the Shoreham Airshow disaster which claimed the lives of 11 people after the ceremony

The couple's driver was on his way to collect the bride from her home  when a Hawker Hunter fighter jet smashed into the luxury Daimler (pictured) and ripped off the vintage car's roof on the A27

The couple's driver was on his way to collect the bride from her home when a Hawker Hunter fighter jet smashed into the luxury Daimler (pictured) and ripped off the vintage car's roof on the A27

Tributes left to Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt at Worthing United FC, who two young footballers played for

Tributes left to Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt at Worthing United FC, who two young footballers played for

Tanya Ellen, an ex girlfriend and mother of his three-year-old son with him, says police have visited her but his death is not yet confirmed.

JET CRASH IS WORST SINCE 1952 

The last time spectators died during a British air show was in 1952 when a jet fighter plane disintegrated, ploughing into and killing 29 spectators, the pilot and an on-flight test observer.

The De Havilland DH.110 aircraft was being demonstrated at the Farnborough Airshow, Hants, when it broke up during a manoeuvre.

Despite the tragedy and a death toll of 31, the show continued once the debris was cleared from the runway. 

The incident, on September 6 1952, was caused by a faulty wing design. Following a low-level flypast at speeds of 515mph, the pilot began a climb.

Soon afterwards the plane then disintegrated as the outer wing broke off, as well as its two engines and cockpit, and began falling on horrified spectators.

Dozens more were wounded in the disaster piloted by John Derry - the first British pilot to break the sound barrier exactly four years earlier.

She told the Worthing Herald:'I don't even know what is going on, but I am being strong for my son.

'If it is the worst outcome then Daniele will be very, very missed.' 

On Facebook, a friend of Mr Polito described him as a man who was 'always laughing'.

Reece Gregson, who shared a picture of Mr Polito, wrote: 'Daniele Polito what a lad my thoughts are with your family and little one always laughing and smiling never down beat top lad x x.'

Claire Nancollas wrote: 'Daniele was with Matt Jones who has been identified as one of those who lost his life at the airshow tragedy.

'Daniele was one of my students a few years back. A lovely guy. Please be safe.' 

A bride has paid tribute to the chauffeur who is believed to have been killed in the Shoreham crash as he drove to pick her up for her wedding.

Meanwhile Rebecca Asekaran's father has told of her upset and guilt after finding out about the tragedy during her big day.

The bride was left bemused when her limo did not arrive at her home in Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex. 

After trying the mobile number of the driver her father Paul Sheen decided to drive her to the ceremony 15 minutes away at Findon Manor in Findon.

Mr Sheen, 61, said his daughter and her husband Rajendran, 47, only found out about the disaster hours later.

Guests saw pictures of a burnt-out Daimler limousine on the internet and concluded the wedding car must have been caught up in the fireball on the A27.

The newlyweds said in a statement: 'It's a shock – we only found out through social media – our thoughts are with his family.' 

David Learmount, an aviation expert, said Mr Hill, who was an RAF Harrier pilot, either lost consciousness or became distracted.

'He could have pulled up harder which adds fuel to the theory that he was unconscious,' he said.

'He didn't come out of the roll at the same altitude he went in at, which would have been his intention'. 

 

Air accident investigators today appealed for the public to send video footage and photos of the crash to enquiries@aaib.gov.uk. Footage and pictures can also be sent to police, who urged people to email shoreham.airshow2015@sussex.pnn.police.uk before sending any files

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