Royston Pilot Faces Manslaughter Trial

14 January 2019, 12:18 | Updated: 16 January 2019, 08:03

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The trial of a pilot whose plane crashed during the 2015 Shoreham Airshow, killing 11 people, is due to get under way later this week.

Andrew Hill, 54, is being prosecuted over the tragedy at the Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) Shoreham Airshow on  August 22 2015.

That day, a 1950s Hawker Hunter fighter jet piloted by computer programmer Hill was taking part in the Sussex airshow.

The plane was performing a looping manoeuvre when it crashed on to the A27 dual carriageway.

The victims are: 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.

Hill, of Sandon, Buntingford, Hertfordshire, has denied 11 charges of manslaughter by gross negligence.

The trial is being heard at the Old Bailey before senior judge Mr Justice Edis QC.

The case is expected to be opened on Wednesday by prosecutor Tom Kark QC and go on for up to eight weeks.