Seven people were killed when a Hawker Hunter jet crashed into several vehicles during the Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex.
The incident happened during the airshow in front of hundreds of spectators
South East Coast Ambulance Service said the victims all died at the scene, with two others being taken to the Royal Sussex County hospital, one in critical condition. Ten other casualties are being treated at the scene.
The plane crashed on the nearby A27 in West Sussex which is likely to remain closed for several hours.
The airshow organisers confirmed there had been “a major incident outside the airfield boundary. In a tweet they said emergency services were responding to the incident.
There has been a major incident outside the airfield boundary. The emergency services are responding. Updates will follow when available
— Shoreham Airshow (@shorehamairshow) August 22, 2015
Eye witnesses reported that the Hawker Hunter was performing a loop when it crashed at the end of the maneuver.
The BBC reports: In a statement police said: “At about 1.20pm the aircraft hit several cars on the A27 just to the north of Shoreham Airport, where an air display is taking place.
“The aircraft ended up in a bush. There have been several casualties but we have no further information on these at the moment.”
An Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) spokesman said: “The AAIB is aware of the incident and we will be deploying a team to investigate.”
It is the second incident at the Shoreham Airshow 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.