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Pilot who crashed at Shoreham airshow trial to start

Posted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:17 pm
by Athol Terence
The Pilot who crashed at the Shoreham airshow in West Sussex on 22 August 2015 is to go on trial starting on Wednesday 16 January set down for eight weeks. The disaster cost 11 lives and injured 16 people, which Andrew Hill (54) has pleaded not guilty to. He has claimed that he was disabled by the G-forces in his plane, at a pre-trial hearing at the Old Bailey, Judge Andrew Edis, said the issue would be whether Hill was 'at fault'. He claimed that he couldn't move whilst performing a loop in the 1955 Hawker Hunter jet that crashed onto the A27, sending a fireball across the busy West Sussex road.

He faces 11 manslaughter by gross negligence charges and one count of endangering an aircraft under air navigation laws. Hill, a trained Royal Air Force instructor and fast jet pilot, was seriously injured but survived the tragedy after being thrown clear of the aircraft. Hill, of Sandon, Hertfordshire, who is on unconditional bail, pleaded not guilty to all the charges relating to the crash in August 2015.

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