Police waiting to question pilot of Shoreham air disaster jet


Police are still waiting to question the pilot of a vintage jet that crashed during the Shoreham Airshow, killing 11 men.

Andrew Hill was left fighting for his life after the Hawker Hunter plane he was flying failed to pull out of a loop-the-loop stunt and plummeted on to the A27 in West Sussex.

He was released from an undisclosed specialist hospital earlier this month but has yet to be questioned by investigators.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "We have not interviewed the pilot yet, but are looking to do so as soon as possible."

An interim report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) found "no abnormal indications" during the Hawker Hunter flight.

Investigators also said cockpit cameras showed the 1950s jet "appeared to be responding to the pilot's control inputs".

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

The inquest into their deaths was opened and adjourned this month by West Sussex senior coroner Penelope Schofield. A pre-inquest review will take place on March 22.

Tributes left at the so-called "Bridge of Flowers" over the River Adur are to be preserved in a community archive, West Sussex County Council said.