Shoreham Airshow axed as investigation into last year’s disaster continues

Child stares at tributes left to the victims of the Shoreham Airshow disaster
Child stares at tributes left to the victims of the Shoreham Airshow disaster
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ORGANISERS have axed this year’s Shoreham Airshow.

The move was announced yesterday morning by Shoreham Airshow Ltd, the holding company that has been responsible for the annual attraction since 2003.

It comes as an investigation into the aircrash disater at 2015’s show, which left 11 dead, continues.

The statement read: ‘Following careful consultation and consideration, Shoreham Airshow Ltd has decided that the 2016 Shoreham Airshow will not go ahead.

‘The decision has been taken primarily out of respect for all those affected by last August’s tragedy and also in view of the ongoing Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigation – and any review of their regulations that the Civil Aviation Authority may subsequently undertake.

‘We understand that this decision may be disappointing for many who have been part of the extended Shoreham Airshow family over the years. We would like to thank everyone who has supported the air show for the last 26 years, particularly local volunteers and the surrounding community.

‘The thoughts and deepest condolences of everyone at Shoreham Airshow Ltd remain with all of the victims of the tragedy.’

The company added when and if it was appropriate to do so, it would explore the possibility of a 2017 airshow.

In the meantime, it continued to be fully committed to assisting the Air Accidents Investigation Branch with its ongoing investigation following the disaster at last year’s airshow.