Manslaughter investigation following Shoreham air crash

Just one of the thousands of tributes in memory of the victims. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

Just one of the thousands of tributes in memory of the victims. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

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A 52-year-old man has been notified he is being investigated for manslaughter in connection with the Shoreham air crash.

Sussex Police said today: “Detectives investigating the circumstances of the crash of a Hunter fighter jet at Shoreham in August 2015, which killed 11 people, have confirmed that a 52-year-old man was notified in December that he is being investigated for possible endangerment pursuant to Article 138 Air Navigation Order 2009 and also manslaughter by gross negligence.”

Pilot, Andy Hill

Pilot, Andy Hill

This statement follows the incident on August 22 when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet, flown by pilot Andy Hill, crashed into the A27 at about 1.20pm.

The event will not go ahead this year.

The 11 men who lost their lives were Graham Mallison, 72, of Newick, East Sussex; Daniele Polito, 23, of Goring; Matt Jones, 24, from Littlehampton; Worthing United players Jacob Schilt and Matt Grimstone, both 23; Maurice Abrahams, 76, from Brighton; Mark Trussler, 54, from Worthing; Mark Reeves, 53, from Seaford; Dylan Archer, 42, from Brighton; Richard Smith, 26, from Hove, and Tony Brightwell, 53, from Hove.

A hearing to decide if material relating to the Shoreham air crash can be released to Sussex Police will be heard next week.

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