Hawker Hunter which crashes at Shoreham Air Show was due to fly at IWM Duxford
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The plane that crashed at the air show in Shoreham on Saturday, was due to fly at Duxford.
The Hawker Hunter, thought to have been owned by Canfield Hunter Ltd in Little Canfield, had been scheduled to fly at Duxford’s Battle of Britain Air Show on September 19 and 20. The 1950s fighter plane has now been removed from the programme.
The aircraft hit the busy A27 early on Saturday afternoon causing a massive orange fireball with black smoke.
Seven people were left dead, including three young men, two players of the Worthing United Football Team, on their way to a match and a personal trainer. Another 14 people were injured. The death toll is now predicted to reach 20 with people still missing.
A statement from the Imperial War Museum said: “Our thoughts and condolences go out to those involved in the tragic accident at Shoreham at the weekend.”
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It added: “The Hawker Hunter T7 was scheduled to fly at The Battle of Britain Air Show at Duxford in September. However, in light of the accident and ongoing investigation, the programme will be revised.
“IWM Duxford’s Battle of Britain Anniversary Air Show on 19 and 20 September, will still go ahead.”
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On one of the hottest days of the year, at 1.20pm, pilot Andy Hill, 51, a former RAF pilot and an experienced stunt flyer, was display flying at the Royal Air Force Association’s Air Show near Brighton.
In front of a crowd of 20,000 spectators, the aircraft failed to pull out of a loop. It had come down from making the circle but instead of flying back up or levelling out, it continued to go down and crashed on to the road.
The pilot, from Sandon, near Royston, survived the fireball and was pulled out of the wreckage. He is now in hospital in a critical condition.
Although pilot error is one possible cause of the crash, investigators are also looking at the possibility that mechanical failure was to blame.
An Air Accidents Investigation Branch spokesman said: “A preliminary report will be published when the initial stages of the investigation are completed.
“We ask if any members of the public with footage or photos of the crash could provide them to the AAIB as they could assist the investigation. They can do this by contacting email@example.com.”
Footage and pictures of the incident can also be sent to police. People with footage are urged to contact officers at firstname.lastname@example.org before sending any files.