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Shoreham Hunter pilot charged with manslaughter

PUBLISHED: 17:39 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:39 26 March 2018

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Airshow pilot Andy Hill, 53, whose 1955 Hawker Hunter crashed during the Shoreham airshow in August 2015, killing eleven people, has been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence

Hill will appear before a judge on 19 April, reports avweb.com The eleven who died were either in vehicles on the road or standing on the roadside, outside the airfield.

Twelve others, plus Hill, were injured. He had attempted to perform a looping manoeuvre during his display, but failed to complete it, and crashed. Hill will also be charged with endangering an aircraft.

An experienced airshow pilot, he had reached the top of the manoeuvre 800 feet lower and fifty knots slower than would normally be required for the Hunter and was not able to recover. The AAIB reported that he had renewed his Display Authorisation on a Jet Provost, which has different performance characteristics to the Hunter.

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