Red Arrows pilot death: Ejector seat manufacturer to be prosecuted

An ejector seat manufacturer is to be prosecuted over the death of a Red Arrows pilot at RAF Scampton in 2011, the Health and Safety Executive said.

Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham, 35, was killed after he was ejected from his Hawk T1 aircraft while on the ground at RAF Scampton and propelled 220ft in the air.

Martin Baker Aircraft Company will appear at Lincoln Magistrates Court at a date to be confirmed to face a Section 3 charge under the Health and Safety of Work Act.

HSE’s Inspector David Butter said: "HSE has today informed Martin Baker Aircraft Ltd that it will be prosecuted for an alleged breach of health and safety law. The charges relate to the death of Flt Lt Sean Cunningham in November 2011 at RAF Scampton.

"We have conducted a thorough investigation and consider there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to bring a prosecution."