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Thank you for joining us today as we reported on the release of the report into the Shoreham crash.

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Air crash report: Safety recommendations

AAIB report
AAIB

The 219-page report into the Shoreham air crash has recommended a number of changes to the way air shows are conducted in future. 

  • Pilots must tell organisers exactly what manoeuvres they'll carry out and where.
  • Display aircraft should be separated from the public to minimise risk of injury.
  • Pilots should be trained in escape manoeuvres - and this knowledge, and ability, should be assessed as part of the display authorisation process.

Shoreham Airshow: The victims

Eighteen months after the Shoreham Airshow disaster, which saw a vintage jet crashing into the A27, a report has been published into what went wrong that day.

One of the findings was that organisers had not carried out a sufficient assessment to "manage risks to the public" and they had no idea what the pilot had planned to do or where he planned to do it.

In total, 11 people were killed in the crash. Here's who they were:

Vicar tells of Shoreham families' pain

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Shoreham vicar Rev Terry Stratford said the report into the Shoreham air crash needed to be "thorough", even if it took a long time to complete.   

Air crash report: 'This is a very important day'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The MP for East Worthing and Shoreham Tim Loughton says today is a very important day, not just for the families of the victims of the Shoreham air crash but also for the entire community.   

It is important to remember that the safety record of civilian air shows in the UK is an impressive one and this tragedy represents the first loss of civilian life on the ground since the Farnborough air crash back in the 1950s, but the report identifies clear failures in risk assessments and risk controls that should have been operating at Shoreham and for whatever reason were not doing so effectively as they might have done.

Shoreham crase scene
Getty Images

The report recommends a number of changes to the way that air shows operate in the future to minimise risks yet further. For the sake of the families, we now need to see a swift decision by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service as to whether any legal action is going to take place with a full and transparent explanation of the reasons for that."

Tim Loughton MP for East Worthing and Shoreham

Air crash report: 'Simply unacceptable'

A solicitor acting on behalf of the victims' families says the report has not given them closure.

How the crash happened?

Here's how the loop manoeuvre should have been safely carried out compared to what actually happened 

Air crash report: Football club's tribute to victims

The vice-chairman of Worthing United Football Club has been paying tribute to two victims of the Shoreham air crash, after investigators published their final report. 

Players Jacob Schilt and Matt Grimstone were on their way to a match when the Hawker Hunter jet hit their vehicle.

The route of the jet

Here's a picture of the route the Hawker Hunter jet took before crashing on the A27.

Jet route
BBC

Air crash report: 'This has been a devastating accident'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Air accident investigators have published their final report into the Shoreham airshow disaster, in 2015, when a vintage jet performing a stunt crashed onto the A27 killing 11 people.

Police hope to send files to CPS before inquest

We have been waiting some time for this report and it will take us some time to review. Our progress has been dependent on this final report and as a result of the ruling in the High Court, much of the material contained in it has not been seen by the investigation team until now.

We hope to do everything we can to submit a file of material to the CPS in advance of the pre-inquest review on June 20."

Det Ch Insp Paul RymarzSussex Police

Shoreham families demand answers

Some of the families of the 11 men who died at Shoreham say they still want more answers as to why it happened.

Air crash report: 'Pilot can't remember anything'

Richard Westcott

Transport correspondent

Accident investigators interviewed the Shoreham pilot several times but critically, he can’t remember anything about the accident.

They say his flight helmet had dents in so it’s possible he hit his head.

What that means is that, although they know the aircraft was flying too low and too slow, and that the engine wasn’t at full power when it should have been, they can only speculate as to why.

One possible explanation they’ve looked at is whether the pilot got confused with another jet aircraft, called a Jet Provost, that he normally flies.

The height and speed he started the Shoreham manoeuvre would be right for the Jet Provost, because it is smaller and lighter than the Hunter.

Aviation specialists have suggested that he may have got the planes muddled up. But it’s unlikely that we will ever know for sure.

Air crash report: Statement from organisers

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Following the publication of the final AAIB report into the Shoreham Airshow crash, the thoughts and sympathies of everyone associated with the Airshow are with the families of the victims on what will understandably be an emotional day.

The report clearly confirms that a series of errors by an experienced and fully authorised pilot were the cause of the tragic crash on 22 August 2015.

The Shoreham Airshow has been an important part of the local community for 26 years, raising over £2m for charity. The organisers always worked hard to ensure the event was both safe and successful. Our main aim in 2015 was to do just that, but there are findings in the report that will require further analysis and reflection.

The report also contains important recommendations for the CAA, as well as the wider airshow industry, and these must be noted carefully. Any recommendations made by the AAIB that are aimed at improving the safety of air displays can only be welcomed.

The organisers of the Airshow will continue to participate in the ongoing inquest as an interested party."

RAFA Organisers of the Shoreham Airshow Spokesman
Worthing United vice-chairman pays tribute to air crash victims
Mark Sanderson says Jacob Schilt and Matt Grimstone were part of the club's most successful ever squad.

Date announced for Shoreham pre-inquest review

A new date has been set for the rescheduled pre-inquest review into the deaths of 11 men at the Shoreham air show.  The rescheduled date is Tuesday 20 June 2017. It was originally postponed to await the final report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB), which was published earlier.

Air crash report: Safety recommendations

Shoreham air crash report
AAIB

The 219-page report into the Shoreham air crash has recommended a number of changes to the way air shows are conducted in future. 

  • Pilots must tell organisers exactly what manoeuvres they'll carry out and where.
  • Display aircraft should be separated from the public to minimise risk of injury.
  • Pilots should be trained in escape manoeuvres - and this knowledge, and ability, should be assessed as part of the display authorisation process.

Vicar tells of Shoreham families' pain

Yasmine Djadoudi

BBC Live reporter

Shoreham vicar Rev Terry Stratford said the report into the Shoreham air crash needed to be "thorough", even if it took a long time to complete. 

Shoreham: The 11 victims

Shoreham victims
BBC/SUSSEX POLICE/FACEBOOK
(Top row, left to right) Matt Jones, Matthew Grimstone, Jacob Schilt, Maurice Abrahams, Richard Smith. (Bottom row, left to right) Mark Reeves, Tony Brightwell, Mark Tussler, Daniele Polito, Dylan Archer, Graham Mallinson

Who were the 11 men who died when the vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed on the A27?

  • Matt Jones, 24 - a personal trainer
  • Daniele Polito, 23 - he was travelling in the same car as Mr Jones
  • Matthew Grimstone, 23 - a Worthing United footballer who worked as a groundsman at Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Jacob Schilt, 23 - a Worthing United player travelling to a match with Mr Grimstone
  • Maurice Abrahams, 76 - a chauffeur on his way to pick up a bride on her wedding day
  • Richard Smith, 26, and Dylan Archer, 42 - friends who were going for a bike ride on the South Downs
  • Mark Reeves, 53 - he had taken his motorcycle to the perimeter of Shoreham Airport to take photos of the planes
  • Tony Brightwell, 53, - an aircraft enthusiast who had learned to fly at Shoreham airfield
  • Mark Trussler, 54 - thought to have been riding his motorcycle on the A27
  • Graham Mallinson, 72 - a keen photographer and retired engineer
Shoreham nephew Oliver Morriss
Nephew of victim Mark Reeves said there could only be closure after "justice is served".

Aircraft 'too low' to complete manoeuvre

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

A final report into the Shoreham air crash disaster has been released today. Principal inspector Julian Firth says measures to protect the public were not effective. 

The aircraft crashed because at the top of its aerobatic manoeuvre it was too low to complete it"

Julian FirthPrincipal inspector

Shoreham pilot suffered 'number of impacts' to head

Tanya Gupta

Pilot Andy Hill was interviewed by police in December
Zak Hussein

The pilot of the jet which crashed at Shoreham received a "number of impacts" to his head, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report has revealed.

Eleven men died at the air show in 2015 when the vintage jet, flown by pilot Andy Hill, flew too low to complete its loop manoeuvre.

Mr Hill, 52, from Hertfordshire, has been the subject of a manslaughter investigation by Sussex Police and interviewed under caution.

His helmet suffered a number of impacts. They could well be consistent with head injury or memory loss."

Lisa FitzsimonsSenior inspector engineering

Air crash report: Nephew of victim says: 'We don't have closure'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The nephew of Mark Reeves, one of the 11 men who died in the crash, says they still don't have closure after a report concluded pilot errors and ineffective measures to protect the public led to the deaths.

The Hawker Hunter jet crashed on the A27, destroying vehicles and bursting into flames on 22 August 2015.

Air crash report: Survivors tell of sleepless nights

Emergency crews at scene of Shoreham air crash
PA

We spoke to people who witnessed the horror of what happened in Shoreham that day - and who in some cases narrowly avoided being killed themselves - on the year anniversary of the disaster.

You can see their stories here .

Air crash report: 'Aircraft did not reach sufficient height'

Tanya Gupta

More on the Shoreham air show report.

On publication of the report into the disaster, AAIB principal inspector Julian Firth said: "The aircraft crashed because at the top of its aerobatic manoeuvre it was too low to complete it."  

Graphic of the crash scene
BBC

Air crash report: Football club's tribute to victims

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

The vice-chairman of Worthing United Football Club has been paying tribute to two victims of the Shoreham air crash, after investigators published their final report. 

Players Jacob Schilt and Matt Grimstone were on their way to a match when the Hawker Hunter jet hit their vehicle.

Air crash report: Police statement

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

We have been waiting some time for this report and it will take us some time to review. Our progress has been dependent on this final report and as a result of the ruling in the High Court, much of the material contained in it has not been seen by the investigation team until now. We hope to do everything we can to submit a file of material to the CPS in advance of the pre-inquest review on June 20.'

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rymarz Sussex Police

Air crash report: 'Pilot can't remember anything'

Richard Westcott

Transport correspondent

Accident investigators interviewed the Shoreham pilot several times but critically, he can’t remember anything about the accident.

They say his flight helmet had dents in so it’s possible he hit his head.

What that means is that, although they know the aircraft was flying too low and too slow, and that the engine wasn’t at full power when it should have been, they can only speculate as to why.

One possible explanation they’ve looked at is whether the pilot got confused with another jet aircraft, called a Jet Provost, that he normally flies.

The height and speed he started the Shoreham manoeuvre would be right for the Jet Provost, because it is smaller and lighter than the Hunter.

Aviation specialists have suggested that he may have got the planes muddled up. But it’s unlikely that we will ever know for sure.

Air crash report: Family statement

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The family of one of the victims of the Shoreham Airshow disaster have released a statement.

Matthew Grimstone, 23, died in the disaster.

Apart from anything that the pilot may have got wrong it is very evident the CAA and the Shoreham Air Show organisers have got much to answer for.


          Footballer Matthew Grimstone was on his way to a Worthing United game
PA

Rules laid down by the CAA were quite clearly inadequate and those that were there were, in some cases, not fully adhered to by the air show organisers.

Parents of Matthew Grimstone

Air crash report: 'This is a very important day'

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

The MP for East Worthing and Shoreham Tim Loughton says today is a very important day, not just for the families of the victims of the Shoreham air crash but also for the entire community. 

It is important to remember that the safety record of civilian air shows in the UK is an impressive one and this tragedy represents the first loss of civilian life on the ground since the Farnborough air crash back in the 1950s, but the report identifies clear failures in risk assessments and risk controls that should have been operating at Shoreham and for whatever reason were not doing so effectively as they might have done.

Scene of plane crash
Getty Images

The report recommends a number of changes to the way that air shows operate in the future to minimise risks yet further. For the sake of the families, we now need to see a swift decision by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service as to whether any legal action is going to take place with a full and transparent explanation of the reasons for that.

Tim Loughton MP for East Worthing and Shoreham

Air crash report: Risk assessment 'not suitable'

Tanya Gupta

BBC News

 A report has been released this afternoon into the 2015 Shoreham air show crash.

The report said the risk assessment "was not suitable and sufficient to manage the risks to the public".

The AAIB also found the severity of the outcome was due to "an absence of provisions to mitigate the effects of an aircraft crashing in an area outside the control of the organisers of the flying display". 

Shoreham aircrash
PA

Air crash report: 'Series of failings'

Tanya Gupta

BBC News

I've been reading the report into the Shoreham air show crash with claimed the lives of 11 people in August 2015.

Shoreham aircrash
PA

Part of the report reads:

"Investigators have found pilot errors and insufficient risk assessment led to the air crash."

"A final report by the AAIB has also listed a series of failings that led to the disaster in which 11 men died."

BreakingAir crash report: Organisers 'have got much to answer for'

The relatives of one of the victims of the Shoreham air disaster say the Civil Aviation Authority and the air show organisers "have got much to answer for".  

Matthew Grimstone
Brighton and Hove Albion FC

The parents of victim Matthew Grimstone, 23, have been speaking after a final report into the crash was published today.  

Eleven people were killed on August 22, 2015. 

Air crash report: Statement from organisers

Claire Cottingham

BBC Live reporter

Following the publication of the final AAIB report into the Shoreham Airshow crash, the thoughts and sympathies of everyone associated with the Airshow are with the families of the victims on what will understandably be an emotional day.

The report clearly confirms that a series of errors by an experienced and fully authorised pilot were the cause of the tragic crash on 22 August 2015.

The Shoreham Airshow has been an important part of the local community for 26 years, raising over £2m for charity. The organisers always worked hard to ensure the event was both safe and successful. Our main aim in 2015 was to do just that, but there are findings in the report that will require further analysis and reflection.

The report also contains important recommendations for the CAA, as well as the wider airshow industry, and these must be noted carefully. Any recommendations made by the AAIB that are aimed at improving the safety of air displays can only be welcomed.

The organisers of the Airshow will continue to participate in the ongoing inquest as an interested party.

RAFA, organisers of the Shoreham Airshow Spokesman

Air crash report: The victims


          (Top row, left to right) Matt Jones, Matthew Grimstone, Jacob Schilt, Maurice Abrahams, Richard Smith. (Bottom row, left to right) Mark Reeves, Tony Brightwell, Mark Tussler, Daniele Polito, Dylan Archer, Graham Mallinson
BBC/Sussex Police/Facebook
(Top row, left to right) Matt Jones, Matthew Grimstone, Jacob Schilt, Maurice Abrahams, Richard Smith. (Bottom row, left to right) Mark Reeves, Tony Brightwell, Mark Tussler, Daniele Polito, Dylan Archer, Graham Mallinson
  • Matt Jones, 24 - a personal trainer
  • Daniele Polito, 23 - he was travelling in the same car as Mr Jones
  • Matthew Grimstone, 23 - a Worthing United footballer who worked as a groundsman at Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Jacob Schilt, 23 - a Worthing United player travelling to a match with Mr Grimstone
  • Maurice Abrahams, 76 - a chauffeur on his way to pick up a bride on her wedding day
  • Richard Smith, 26, and Dylan Archer, 42 - friends who were going for a bike ride on the South Downs
  • Mark Reeves, 53 - he had taken his motorcycle to the perimeter of Shoreham Airport to take photos of the planes
  • Tony Brightwell, 53 - an aircraft enthusiast who had learned to fly at Shoreham airfield
  • Mark Trussler, 54 - thought to have been riding his motorcycle on the A27
  • Graham Mallinson, 72 - a keen photographer and retired engineer

Breaking'Pilot errors' led to Shoreham air crash

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Emergency services at the site of the Shoreham air crash
PA

Pilot errors and ineffective measures to protect the public led to a vintage jet crashing on to a dual carriageway and killing 11 men during the Shoreham air show, investigators have concluded.

In its final report, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch listed a series of failings that led to the disaster.

The Hawker Hunter jet crashed on the A27, destroying vehicles and bursting into flames on 22 August 2015.

A further 13 people, including the pilot Andy Hill, sustained injuries.     

Victims of Shoreham air crash
BBC/Sussex Police/Facebook
(Top row, left to right) Matt Jones, Matthew Grimstone, Jacob Schilt, Maurice Abrahams, Richard Smith. (Bottom row, left to right) Mark Reeves, Tony Brightwell, Mark Tussler, Daniele Polito, Dylan Archer, Graham Mallinson

Mr Hill, 52, from Hertfordshire, was investigated by Sussex Police for manslaughter and interviewed under caution.

Speaking today, AAIB principal inspector Julian Firth said: "The aircraft crashed because at the top of its aerobatic manoeuvre it was too low to complete it."

The report said the pilot carried out the manoeuvre at less than maximum thrust, and it would have been possible to abort it safely at the apex of the loop but he had not been trained in the escape manoeuvre which might have got him out of trouble.

The AAIB also found the severity of the outcome was due to "an absence of provisions to mitigate the effects of an aircraft crashing in an area outside the control of the organisers of the flying display".

The report said the risk assessment "was not suitable and sufficient to manage the risks to the public", and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) did not require to see or approve risk assessments before issuing permission to hold a flying display.

The report makes a series of safety recommendations including that in future airshow organisers must conduct suitable and sufficient risk assessments, and a pilot must tell organisers what manoeuvres it will carry out and where.

Tributes at the Shoreham bridge
BBC
Tributes were left to people who died in the Shoreham air crash

The AAIB also recommends that pilots should be trained in escape manoeuvres, and that displaying aircraft are separated from the public by a sufficient distance to minimise risk of injury to the public.

Both the AAIB and Civil Aviation Authority have already published a series of interim reports looking at the findings from the crash scene and implications for air displays around the UK.

An AAIB report in September 2015 found the jet showed "no abnormal indications" during its flight.

But a further report in December said the aircraft had expired ejector seat parts and an out-of-date technical manual.

In March last year, the AAIB said organisers of the Shoreham air show were unaware of the pilot's display plans.

Safety measures at all UK civil air shows were enhanced following the disaster - the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said it had reviewed every aspect of air display safety.

The AAIB made 21 safety recommendations which were all accepted by CAA this year.   

Blow to dreams of second Brighton mainline

A Gatwick Express train
Gatwick Express

Hopes of a new mainline from Brighton to London have been dealt a massive blow after a government report said there was a "poor transport case" for the idea.

Campaigners had hoped to reopen the line between Uckfield and Lewes.

However, a report commissioned in the July 2015 budget has said the best way to tackle congestion on the current mainline is to make improvements around Croydon.

Analysis: Ben Weisz, BBC Sussex Political reporter

The report was finished last April, but has only just been published.

"It says rising demand can be met by de-cluttering the existing Brighton Mainline at Croydon, and that the case for other projects, like BML2, is poor.

"Rail Minister Paul Maynard says he accepts these findings - but has said that campaigners might still be able to persuade the Government to allow a second mainline - if funded privately.”

#ICYMI: Children's luxury hospital drive

Kathryn Langley

BBC Live reporter

Patients will be able to drive through the paediatric unit's corridors past mock traffic signs.