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Air show disaster pilot is moved to a specialist unit as he fights for life

By PA Reporter

The pilot of the Shoreham air crash jet has been moved to a specialist hospital for treatment, an NHS trust spokesman has confirmed.

Andrew Hill was left fighting for his life after the vintage Hawker Hunter he was flying on Saturday plummeted on to the A27 below, killing at least 11 people.

Mr Hill had been placed in a medically induced coma at the Royal Sussex County Hospital following the incident, but has now been moved to an undisclosed location.

A spokesman for the Brighton and Hove NHS Foundation Trust said: "He (Mr Hill) is in a critical but stable condition, but has been moved to an unnamed specialist hospital."

It is believed the jet's seats were in place when it was found, suggesting that Mr Hill may not have ejected before impact. The jet was not carrying a flight recorder.

Video footage shows the plane failing to pull out of a loop-the-loop stunt before crashing to the ground and exploding into a fireball as it ploughed into cars on the busy road below.

Senior coroner Penny Schofield said the formal identification of the victims has begun.

"Recovering all the remains has been a very slow and painstaking operation, but it has been necessary to ensure we establish, without doubt, individual positive identifications."

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