Sussex

Shoreham crash: Pre-inquest hearing 'likely' to be delayed

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Image caption A vintage jet crashed onto traffic on the A27 next to Shoreham air show, killing 11 men

A pre-inquest hearing into the Shoreham air crash deaths is "likely to be delayed", a coroner has said.

The review had been arranged for 19 September but is expected to be postponed until after a High Court case in October.

A judge is to decide whether to release key evidence from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch to Sussex Police.

Eleven men died when a vintage jet crashed onto traffic on the A27 next to Shoreham air show last August.

West Sussex coroner Penelope Schofield said the full inquest, due in March, could also be delayed.

Ms Schofield said: "Everything depends on the High Court hearing due in October - that has to come first.

"Sussex Police then need their experts to look at any evidence that emerges and the CPS need to make a decision on whether any prosecution is appropriate."

The pilot, Andrew Hill, 51, survived and is being investigated for manslaughter.

On Monday, hundreds of people joined in a minute's silence to mark the first anniversary of the disaster.

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Image caption Civic leaders and members of the emergency services laid flowers after the minute's silence

The victims

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Image caption (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 grounds man 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

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