Sunderland Airshow organisers await recommendations after Shoreham crash

Planes over the sea at the last Sunderland International Airshow.
Planes over the sea at the last Sunderland International Airshow.
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The team behind Sunderland International Airshow have pledged to follow any recommendations made following Saturday’s horror jet crash in Shoreham.

The Wearside spectacular attracted almost a million people when it was held for the 27th time this summer.

Sue Stanhope, the director of Sunderland International Airshow.

Sue Stanhope, the director of Sunderland International Airshow.

Its bosses have said they are awaiting the outcome of discussions by the Civil Aviation Authority as it carries out a review of its regulations.

It comes after tragedy struck on Saturday in Shoreham, Sussex, when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed on to the A57 as its pilot tried to complete a loop manoeuvre.

The collision claimed the lives of four people, with police stating they believe up to 11 people could have been killed in the crash.

Family members of the victims have been among those to call for airshows to be held over the sea – as Sunderland’s already is over the Seaburn coastline.

Sue Stanhope, director of Sunderland International Airshow, said: “Events of this nature are very rare and our thoughts are both with those injured and the families and friends of those who lost their lives during this tragic event.

“It would be inappropriate for me to comment any further at this stage, other than to say that any subsequent changes to the rules and regulations of flying displays would of course be followed by the Sunderland International Airshow.”

A minute’s silence was held at Sunderland AFC’s Capital One Cup game against Exeter at the Stadium of Light last night, in a move announced by the Football League after two Worthing United FC players were killed in the disaster.