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Last Updated: Sunday, 16 September 2007, 17:11 GMT 18:11 UK
Aircraft death crash pilot named
Crash scene (Photo sent in by Ady Goddard )
The Hurricane was taking part in a WWII re-enactment
The pilot of a wartime Hurricane plane who died when his aircraft crashed during a show in West Sussex has been formally identified.

Brian Brown, 49, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, was killed during a mock dogfight at Shoreham Airshow.

No-one else was hurt or injured during the accident which took place north of the A27 on Saturday afternoon.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is carrying out an inquiry into the crash.

Mr Brown was flying the Hurricane as part of a World War II re-enactment.

Witnesses said it went into a steep dive and crashed into a field to the north of the airshow.

'Straight dive'

Spitfires carried out a flypast in the "man missing in action" formation shortly after the crash, said the witness.

Around 20,000 people are believed to have attended the show on Saturday.

Tim Deakin, who witnessed the crash, told BBC News 24: "Midway through the dogfight one of the planes, I'm not sure which one, literally, turned quite steeply, went into almost a straight dive and ploughed into a hill probably about a mile from the airfield."

The airshow is located at the UK's oldest licensed airport and includes a number of air displays and ground events.

The theme for this year's event was the "50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight".

Sussex Police have urged anyone with video or photographic footage of the crash to contact them.


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