UK: at least 7 dead after plane crashes into road in Brighton

Seven people have died after a plane crash at Shoreham Air Show in Brighton, south east England.

SECAMB confirm 7 fatalities from the crash at the Shoreham air show today. Thoughts are with the families and loved ones.— SECAmb (@SECAmbulance) August 22, 2015

The plane, a 1950s Hawker Hunter fighter jet, came down as it was performing a loop. Media reports suggest the aircraft stalled mid-manoeuvre.

Plumes of thick, black smoke could be seen billowing across the sky it crashed over the busy A27 road, to the north of Shoreham airport, hitting several cars before coming to a stop in a nearby bush.

The South East Coast Ambulance Service said seven people had died.

Unconfirmed reports suggest the pilot managed to escape before the collision, although this can not be seen on the images.

Some 20,000 people attended this year’s event, organised by the Royal Air Forces Association.

It’s the second deadly incident at the Shoreham Air Show in eight years. In 2007, pilot and James Bond stuntman Brian Brown died when he performed an unplanned barrel roll in a World War Two Hurricane.

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Plane crashes at southern England air show, casualties reported t.co/cOJmPfj1RI pic.twitter.com/I3qOCj27Rw— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) August 22, 2015

British airshow turns deadly after jet crashes onto highway t.co/NKWxrvLIff pic.twitter.com/ZzVNz1rLOv— New York Post (@nypost) August 22, 2015