Shoreham Airshow crash pilot Andrew Hill cleared of manslaughter

The pilot whose plane crashed during the Shoreham Airshow, killing 11 men, has been cleared of manslaughter.

Andrew Hill had been attempting a loop when his Hawker Hunter jet exploded into a fireball on the A27.

Survivors ran for their lives and suffered terrible burns when they were caught in the blast on August 22, 2015.

Mr Hill miraculously survived after being thrown clear from the burning wreckage into brambles.

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Andrew Hill attending court (PA)

He was flown to hospital with life-threatening injured and placed in an induced coma before being discharged a month later.

The prosecution said the former RAF and British Airways pilot had been flying too low and slow as he attempted the disastrous stunt.

Tom Kark QC alleged he had at times a "cavalier" attitude to safety and a history of taking risks, having played "fast and loose" with the rules in the past.

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A giant crane is used to remove debris on the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex where 11 people are believed to have died when an historic Hawker Hunter fighter jet plummeted onto the major south coast road after failing to pull out of a loop manoeuvre.
A giant crane is used to remove wreckage of the plane on the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex where 11 people are believed to have died when the historic Hawker Hunter fighter jet plummeted onto the major south coast road after failing to pull out of a loop manoeuvre.
SHOREHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 24: The damaged remains of the fuselage of a Hawker Hunter fighter jet are lifted by crane on August 24, 2015 in Shoreham, England. The aircraft came down while performing at the Shoreham Airshow on August 22nd. Police now expect the death toll to rise to as many as 20 victims. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Emergency services and crash investigation officers work at the site where a Hawker Hunter fighter jet crashed onto the A27 road at Shoreham near Brighton, Britain August 23, 2015. A jet aircraft ploughed into several cars on a busy road near an airshow in southern England on Saturday, killing at least seven people, police said. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
Emergency services continue to work on the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex, as the search for further victims of the Shoreham air disaster continues.
Police continue to work on the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex, in the search for further victims of the Shoreham air disaster as a coroner warned that identifying the victims will be a "slow and painstaking operation".
Floral tributes continue to be left on a wooden bridge near the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex where people died when an historic Hawker Hunter fighter jet plummeted onto the major south coast road after failing to pull out of a loop manoeuvre.
Floral tributes continue to be left on a wooden bridge near the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex where people died when an historic Hawker Hunter fighter jet plummeted onto the major south coast road after failing to pull out of a loop manoeuvre.
A person looks at the floral tributes which continue to be left on the Old Tollbridge near the A27 at Shoreham in West Sussex, where at least 11 people are believed to have been killed when a jet taking part in an airshow crashed on a main road.
Shoreham crash pilot found not guilty of manslaughter
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But Mr Hill claimed he blacked out in the air, having experienced "cognitive impairment" brought on by hypoxia possibly due to the effects of G-force.

The 54-year-old, of Sandon, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, denied 11 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence.

The victims were Maurice Abrahams, 76; Dylan Archer, 42; Tony Brightwell, 53; Matthew Grimstone, 23; Matt Jones, 24; Graham Mallinson, 72; Daniele Polito, 23; Mark Reeves, 53; Jacob Schilt, 23; Richard Smith, 26; and Mark Trussler, 54, who all lived in Sussex.

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