Shoreham air crash pilot interviewed by police

Posted On 18 Dec 2015 at 3:34 pm

The pilot of the Hawker Hunter jet that crashed during the Shoreham air show has been interviewed by police.

Andy Hill, 51, miraculously survived the crash which happened on Saturday 22 August as thousands watched his display.

But 11 men died, some of them as they sat in traffic on the A27.

Andy Hill

Andy Hill

Sussex Police said: “Officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team have interviewed a 51-year-old man from Hertfordshire in connection with the Hunter jet that crashed on to the A27 at Shoreham in August, killing 11 people.

“The man voluntarily attended an appointment with detectives at a police station in Hertfordshire on Thursday 17 December and was interviewed under caution but not arrested.”

The victims were wedding chauffeur Maurice Abrahams, 76, from Brighton, cycling friends Dylan Archer, 42, from Brighton, and Richard Smith, 26, from Hove, NHS manager Tony Brightwell, 53, from Hove, Worthing United footballers Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt, both 23 and both from Brighton, retired engineer Graham Mallinson, 72, from Newick, near Lewes, window cleaner and general builder Mark Trussler, 54, from Worthing, grandfather Mark Reeves, 53, from Seaford, personal trainer Matt Jones, 24, and Daniele Polito, 23, from Worthing.

An inquest into their deaths has been opened and adjourned until a date yet to be set next year.

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