AIRSHOW CRASH: ‘Lessons need to be learnt from tragedy’

MP Tim Loughton, front left, at the church service at St Mary's, Shoreham. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150823-123047008
MP Tim Loughton, front left, at the church service at St Mary's, Shoreham. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150823-123047008

Lessons from the Shoreham Airshow tragedy must be learnt, an MP has urged today (Sunday, August 23).

Tim Loughton, the Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, has paid tribute to the victims of the fatal plane crash, which killed at least seven people yesterday afternoon.

MP Tim Loughton SUS-150403-153626001

MP Tim Loughton SUS-150403-153626001

In a statement to the Daily Telegraph, Mr Loughton said: “This has been a really tragic event and there will be many personal tragedies as the details unfold.

“Our hearts go out to the families of those who lost their lives and we just hope that there will not be any more bodies found as the police do their grizzly duties going through the remains.

“People have come to church to pay their respects, there’s a very sombre mood that something like this could happen at such a happy family day out.”

Currently the Air Accident Investigation Branch is examining the cause of the devastating crash.

However, Mr Loughton stressed that no knee-jerk reactions should be made about the safety and future of airshows, based purely on yesterday’s tragedy.

He added that the main focus should be on supporting the families affected by the disaster.

“We need to wait and find out what exactly has happened and the investigators need to find out exactly how this accident happened,” he said.

“A lot of work goes into ensuring the safety of everybody visiting the airshow. This is a tragic accident and what we shouldn’t do is start banning all airshows.

“Clearly we must learn the lessons when we know what those lessons are. We must make sure everything is done to support the families of those who lost their lives.”

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