THE road where a jet crashed, killing 11 people, has partially reopened for the first time since the Shoreham air disaster.
Traffic flowed again this morning on the A27 near Shoreham, West Sussex – just over a week since a vintage Hawker Hunter jet plummeted onto it.
Two lanes have been opened on the eastbound carriageway towards Brighton, along with one lane on the westbound carriageway, Sussex Police said.
The other westbound lane remains closed while investigators continue to work on the verge. A 40mph speed limit has been imposed, police added.
The partial reopening of the A27 came a day after thousands of people from communities touched by the crash gathered at memorial events.
A minute’s silence was observed at 1.20pm, the exact time the previous week that the plane crashed amid a fireball.
A mass balloon release was held in Littlehampton. And despite light showers, large crowds gathered with tealights on Saturday night to create a striking ‘bridge of light’ across the Adur Ferry Bridge.
The disaster happened as the 1950s plane failed to pull out of a loop-the-loop stunt during the Shoreham Airshow before crashing, exploding into a fireball.
West Sussex senior coroner Penelope Schofield has announced that all victims have now been formally identified and their families told.
Inquests into their deaths will be opened and adjourned on Wednesday at County Hall North in Horsham where all 11 victims’ names will be officially released.
Detective Chief Inspector Carwyn Hughes, the senior identification manager at Sussex Police, said they have no reason to suspect anyone else was killed in the crash.
Tony Brightwell, 53, from Hove, a health care manager for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Brighton and Hove City Council, is the latest victim to be named by police.
Grandfather Mark Reeves, 53, who died after parking his motorbike on the outskirts of Shoreham Airshow to take photographs of the planes, is also among the dead.
Other victims include Worthing United footballers and best friends Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, both 23, who were on their way to play in a match.
Personal trainer Matt Jones, 24, also died, along with wedding chauffeur Maurice Abrahams, 76, a former soldier who had served in the Parachute Regiment.
Motorcyclist Mark Trussler is also feared dead. Mr Trussler’s fiancee, Giovanna Chirico, wrote about her grief on Facebook. Sussex Police have not officially confirmed his death.
She wrote: ‘Yesterday my worst fears were confirmed and I lost not just my fiance but my best friend, soul mate and sidekick.
‘No words can describe how much all ur family and friends r going to miss u. So glad I got to spend the last 12 years of my life with u an love u always and eternally.’
The sister of Daniele Polito, a father from Worthing, wrote on her Facebook page of her ‘last few painful days’ and the loss of her brother. Police have also yet to officially confirm his death.
The jet crashed with such force that specialists – including forensic archaeologists, anthropologists, odontologists and pathologists – had to examine DNA, teeth and human remains to discover who was killed.
The plane wreckage has been sent to Farnborough, Hampshire, where Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) investigators will seek to find out what caused the crash. An interim report is due in the next few days.
The jet’s pilot, Andrew Hill, was left fighting for his life after the crash, and has now been moved to a specialist hospital for treatment.