Shoreham air disaster: Final report published

The final report into the Shoreham airshow disaster which killed 11 people has found the plane was travelling 'too low' and 'too slow' before the impact.

It could determine whether pilot Andrew Hill - who survived the crash and has already been questioned by police under caution - should be prosecuted for manslaughter.

Mr Hill, 52, was flying the 1955 Hawker Hunter plane when it plummeted onto the A27 in West Sussex on 22 August 2015.

It crashed in a fireball on the busy A27, hitting vehicles and pedestrians.

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Special programme on Shoreham AAIB report

Watch our special programme into the AAIB report out today analysing safety shortcomings that lead to the Shoreham air crash, as well as the knock-on effects for the local community.

We looked at the report in detail discussing the route the plane took before it crashed; we spoke to the parents of victim Jacob Schilt; the future for the pilot Andy Hill; an update from the Civil Aviation Authority; an interview with James Healy-Pratt the solicitor representing a number of the victims' families and people in Shoreham for their reaction.

In a special programme in March last year, the Air Accident Investigation Branch released an interim report into the Shoreham Airshow crash. Fred and Stacey outlined what happened on that fatal day in August 2015, looking back on the role of the pilot and the effect on the local community.

Shoreham MP calls on recommendations to be enforced

The MP for East Worthing and Shoreham has said airshows should continue but with maximum safety measures in place

Tim Loughton MP for East Worthing and Shoreham has welcomed today's AAIB report but also said there is a lot of work still to be done by all involved.

He says airshows like Shoreham should definitely still go ahead but with the maximum safety requirements - for both those in the air and those on the ground.

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FULL STORY: Families respond to Shoreham crash report

Many families have found it impossible to talk about their heartbreak after the Shoreham airshow crash. Many are angry at the unanswered questions and the lack of accountability.

The parents of Matt Grimstone, one of the young footballers who died, say: "Apart from anything that the pilot may have got wrong, it's very evident the CAA and the Shoreham Airshow organisers have got much to answer for."

Meanwhile, the parents of 23-year-old footballer Jacob Schilt, who was in the same car as Matt Grimstone, say they're shocked by the failings of all involved.

Andy Dickenson speaks to Bob and Caroline Schilt.

A community remembers the Shoreham Airshow crash

The appalling loss of life in the Shoreham airshow crash had a profound effect not just on the families and friends of the victims, but also on the wider community. Some people have told ITV Meridian that Shoreham has never been the same since. Malcolm Shaw has been talking to those who've been trying to create something positive - to honour those who died, and to help the community begin to recover.

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Civil Aviation Authority to act on today's recommendations

The CAA say they have acted on 21 previous recommendations by the AAIB

“The thoughts of those at the CAA remain with the families and friends of everyone affected by this terrible tragedy at this difficult time.

“This was the first fatal air show accident involving members of the public in the UK for over 60 years. It is therefore essential that everyone involved in the delivery and oversight of air displays now plays their part in learning all the lessons that we can.

“The AAIB has conducted a wide-ranging investigation over 18 months and has produced an extensive final report which clearly identifies the cause of this accident as the aircraft flying too slowly and not reaching the height necessary to complete the loop.

“The CAA acted immediately following the accident in August 2015 carrying out a comprehensive review of civil air show safety and implementing a number of safety enhancements for the 2016 season. An independent, external panel of experts oversaw the review to ensure that all UK civil air displays operate at the very highest safety standards.

“During its investigation, the AAIB published 21 recommendations for the CAA, all of which we have acted on. We are continuing with our programme of introducing further safety enhancements for this year’s flying display season. The final AAIB report contains a further 10 recommendations for the CAA, all of which we will action as a priority. “We are fully committed to ensuring that all air shows take place safely, for the six million people who attend them each year in the UK and for the communities in which they take place.”

– Dame Deirdre Hutton, Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority

429 pages and 18 months to create: What does the AAIB report mean?

11 men died in the accident on the 22nd August 2015
429
number of pages in the AAIB report on the Shoreham air show crash.
18
The number of months the report took to create.

Our reporter Rachel Hepworth has spent the morning in a briefing at the AAIB head quarters in Aldershot to find out more details about the fatal crash that happened in August 2015.

You can read the full report here.

She sent the below package with further details on what the published report means.

New date set for Shoreham air crash inquest

It is hoped that the full inquest date will be confirmed at this hearing although it may be necessary to hold a further pre-inquest review hearing before that date.

A new date has been set for the rescheduled pre-inquest review into the 11 deaths following the Shoreham air crash - for Tuesday 20th June.

It will be held by West Sussex Coroner Penelope Schofield.

The pre-inquest review was rescheduled due to the ongoing Police investigation and so that the Air Accident Investigation Branch final report could be considered.

A pre-inquest review hearing is an administrative hearing and no evidence will be heard.

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