British Airshow Crash: At Least 11 People 'Highly Likely' Dead

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By Elisha Fieldstadt

At least 11 people are "highly likely" to be dead after a plane crashed on a busy southern England road during an airshow, police said Sunday.

Only seven bodies were found in the immediate aftermath of the crash Saturday.

More than 24 hours after the accident, investigators and rescue crews were still combing the site where a Hawker Hunter aircraft performing in the Shoreham Airshow Saturday morning hit several cars on road A27.

"Sadly, as a result of our initial work at the site, which has continued overnight ... we have now identified 11 people who we are treating as highly likely to have died in this tragedy," Sussex Police Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry said Sunday. "I am aware that this sounds rather technical, but there are processes that have to be followed," he added.

None of the victims has been officially identified, and some are still being removed from the scene, Barry said.

The doomed plane would not be removed from the road until Monday, at which point more bodies could be discovered in the crash site, which is more than 350 yards long, Barry said. All of the victims were on the roadway, and no one attending the airshow was injured, according to Sussex police.

The pilot of the crashed British jet is in critical condition, and 14 other people who suffered minor injuries have been treated, police said.

"This has been an enormously traumatic incident, and our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the incident, from those who have suffered bereavement to those in the local community who are deeply shocked," Barry said.

An explosion Saturday at the Shoreham Air Show, in Sussex, England, after a fighter jet crashed.Paul Jarrett / EPA

The Air Accident Investigation Bureau is encouraging people who attended the airshow not to post graphic photos and videos of the fiery crash online, but rather to get in contact with investigators so they can determine whether the footage is useful.

Airshow accidents in Britain are rare, but on Sunday a pilot was killed when his plane collided with another aircraft during an airshow in Switzerland.