Shoreham Shoreham Airshow WW2 Hurricane Crash
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RIP to the brave pilot.Pilot Dies In Sussex Airshow Crash
A pilot has died after his World War II aircraft crashed at Shoreham Airshow, Sussex Police have said.
The fatal accident happened during a Battle of Britain display on the first day of the annual three-day show in West Sussex.
No members of the public have been reported injured. The pilot's next have kin have been informed.
The plane, a single engine crew Hurricane aircraft, crashed into a field about a mile north of the airfield and close to Lancing College.
Witness Steve Clark told Sky News: "A spectacular mock attack had been going on for several minutes with pyrotechnics.
"The Hurricanes and Spitfires flew past and did a classic victory roll before banking steeply around and into a dive.
"The crash aircraft did not pull up and crashed almost vertically into the edge of a field several hundred yards from the aircraft boundary.
"The show commentator, his voice breaking with emotion, put a halt to the show for half an hour."
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said it had sent a fire engine from Hove to Shoreham to assist after the accident, which involved only one plane.
A Sussex Police spokesman said: "At 3.20pm today a single-crewed Hurricane aircraft taking part in an aerial display at the Shoreham Air Show crashed into a field, killing the pilot.
"Emergency services put in place contingency plans at the air show and are on the scene. No other planes were involved."
Sussex Police are asking anybody with any video footage of the incident to hand a copy in to their nearest police station.
The organisers of the show, the Royal Air Forces Association, confirmed that the event would continue on Sunday.
The theme for this year's event was the "50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight".
Events planned for the first day included a included a re-enactment of the battle, using a Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane.