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Updated: England plane crash death toll 'highly likely to rise'

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By Euronews
Updated: England plane crash death toll 'highly likely to rise'

Up to 11 people are feared to have been killed after a plane, performing at an air show, crashed into a busy road in southern England.

Seven people were confirmed dead on Saturday.

Police said on Sunday afternoon the death toll is likely to rise to 11.

The pilot is in critical condition.

The 1950s aircraft was performing a loop at Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Shoreham Airshow, near Brighton, when it came down in flames.

Journalist Laura Raymond, who witnessed the crash, explained to euronews what she saw:

“We were watching the Hawker Hunter start its display. It did a big loop, we were watching from the top of a double decker bus, from probably half a mile away. Many of us thought that it was going rather low to the ground.

“And the next minute, there was a huge ball of fire and black smoke. And we knew that it hadn’t come down within the airfield perimeter and that it must have come down on the A27 (road).”

Sussex Police said on Saturday evening that it was possible more bodies might be found, with the search of the wreckage set to continue through the night and into Sunday.

The airshow was closed on Sunday.