Seven dead in Shoreham Airshow disaster: Jet crashes into cars on A27 and explodes after skimming the trees during loop-the-loop

Seven people have been confirmed dead after a fighter jet smashed into traffic on a busy dual carriageway and burst into flames after failing to pull up from a loop-the-loop stunt during an airshow display.

Thousands of spectators watched in horror as the 1950s Hawker Hunter crashed into several cars on the A27 next to Shoreham Airshow in West Sussex this afternoon.

The pilot, named locally as former RAF Harrier jump-jet flier Andy Hill, is believed to have been pulled from the burning wreckage and is now fighting for his life in hospital.