Sussex

Shoreham air disaster pre-inquest review 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 review into the Shoreham air disaster has been postponed by the West Sussex coroner.

Eleven men died after a vintage jet crashed on to the A27 on 22 August last year during the Shoreham air show.

The review had been arranged for 19 September but has been postponed because the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has not yet published its final report.

Pilot Andy Hill is being investigated for possible manslaughter.

Senior coroner Penelope Schofield had warned a delay was likely.

A spokesman for the coroner's office said: "The families have been informed and information about the new date will be available soon."

In a statement, the AAIB said: "We have published three special bulletins which have included safety recommendations to prevent future similar accidents.

"Our final report will integrate and expand on those previous bulletins, which dealt with systemic issues, and cover the technical aspects of the accident itself.

"The final report is expected to be published later this year."


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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