20 December, 2022

'Unlawfully killed' coroner concludes at the end of the Shoreham Airshow Crash inquest

'Unlawfully killed' -Coroner Penelope Schofield has concluded at the end of the long inquest into the deaths of eleven men who died when at the Shoreham Airshow crash in 2015.

The men were either watching or driving past the airshow when a Hawker Hunter vintage jet, piloted by Andrew Hill, failed to pull up enough during a manoeuvre and crashed on a dual carriageway. 

Previously Andrew Hill had been cleared of manslaughter by gross negligence, however, the coroner Penelope Schofield said the plane crash was "a result of the manner in which it was flown" and confirmed those that had been killed played "no part" in causing their own deaths.  There were a series of errors serious enough to reach a conclusion, on the balance of probabilities, that the men had been killed as a result of gross negligence manslaughter, Schofield added.

The Hawker Hunter jet was said to have 'disintegrated' creating a 'massive fireball' upon impact with the ground as pilot Hill was performing a manoeuvre called a bent loop.  Hill was lucky to escape the crash and was thrown into a ditch when the plane broke up.  

The 11 that died were:

Matt Jones, 24.

Matthew Grimstone, 23. 

Jacob Schilt, 23. 

Maurice Abrahams, 76. 

Richard Smith, 26.

Mark Reeves, 53. 

Tony Brightwell, 53. 

Mark Trussler, 54. 

Daniele Polito, 23. 

Dylan Archer, 42. 

James "Graham" Mallinson, 72. 

Video from the BBC  below of the last few seconds of flight before the crash - the impact or devastating results are not shown.