Former University of Portsmouth student among those killed in Shoreham plane crash

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ONE of the victims of the Shoreham airshow crash was a former student at the University of Portsmouth.

Jacob Schilt, 23, was a Worthing United footballer and was travelling to United’s home game with Loxwood with colleague Matt Grimstone when a Hawker Hunter fighter jet crashed into a busy stretch of the A27.

Jacob Schilt, who has been named locally as one of the victims of the Shoreham airshow tragedy

Jacob Schilt, who has been named locally as one of the victims of the Shoreham airshow tragedy

Jacob studied geography at the university and graduated in July last year.

Professor Catherine Harper, Dean and senior member of the University’s executive board said: ‘We are deeply shocked and saddened to learn former University of Portsmouth student Jacob Schilt died in the Shoreham air disaster yesterday.

‘We send our heartfelt condolences to Jacob’s family and friends at this tragic time.’

He had played three times for Brighton’s Robert Eaton Memorial Fund charity team against Crystal Palace. Tributes have been paid to him on Brighton fans’ website North Stand Chat this morning.

In a club statement this morning, Worthing United said: ‘The club will issue a statement in response to reports in the national media and social media in due course.

‘We also ask that the privacy of all those affected at this sad time is fully respected. We are liasing with the authorities and will update when we can.

‘We would ask that those making media enquiries respect that no formal conformation has been made.

‘The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Worthing United Football Club are with those whose families and friends were killed or injured at the Shoreham Airshow crash yesterday afternoon.’

The FA have tweeted: ‘We are saddened to hear two members of the football family, Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, were killed in the Shoreham air disaster when on their way to play for @WorthingUtdFC. Our thoughts are with their family, friends, team-mates and all others affected.’