Shoreham air crash review postponed

Posted On 23 Feb 2017 at 10:04 am

A pre-inquest review into the deaths of the 11 victims of the Shoreham air crash has been postponed again.
Giles York at Shoreham footbridge
The date has been put back for the second time, with the imminent Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) final report and the ongoing police investigation given as reasons for the delay.

A statement from the coroner said: “The West Sussex Senior Coroner has taken the decision to postpone the Shoreham air crash pre-inquest review due to have taken place on Friday 17 March.

“The coroner, Penelope Schofield, said she had reluctantly taken this step due to the close timing of the release of the Air Accident Investigation Branch final report, which is due in March, and the fact that the police investigation is still ongoing.

“A new date for the pre-inquest review will be set in due course.”

The coroner is holding a combined inquest into the deaths of the 11 men killed when a vintage Hawker Hunter crashed during a display at the Shoreham air show in August 2015.

Sussex Police officers are investigating the surviving pilot, Andrew Hill, 51, for manslaughter and any prosecution would take place before the inquest.

The eleven men who died were

  • Maurice Abrahams, 76, a wedding chauffeur, of The Brow, Woodingdean
  • Dylan Archer, 42, an IT consultant, of Frederick Street, Brighton
  • Richard Smith, 26, a marketing and web development specialist, of Lansdowne Square, Hove
  • Tony Brightwell, 53, an NHS care manager, of Marmion Road, Hove
  • Matt Grimstone, 23, a groundsman for Brighton and Hove Albion and Worthing United footballer, of Osborne Road, Brighton
  • Jacob Schilt, 23, a delivery driver and fellow Worthing United footballer, of The Close, Brighton
  • Graham Mallinson, 72, a retired engineer, from Newick, near Lewes
  • Daniele Polito, 23, a builder, from Goring
  • Matt Jones, 24, a labourer and personal trainer, from Littlehampton
  • Mark Reeves, 53, a computer-aided design technician, from Seaford
  • Mark Trussler, 54, a window cleaner and general builder, from Worthing
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