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Pilot who crashed at Shoreham airshow ‘will tell court G-forces meant he couldn’t move’

Pilot who crashed at Shoreham airshow in disaster which cost 11 lives ‘will tell court G-forces meant he couldn’t move while looping the loop’

  • Eight week trial of pilot Andrew Hill, 54, from Sandon is due to begin next week 
  • His 1955 Hawker Hunter jet crashed onto A27 in West Sussex on August 22, 2015
  • He faces 11 manslaughter by gross negligence charges and has plead not guilty 

Andrew Hill, 54, from Sandon, Hertfordshire, faces 11 manslaughter by gross negligence charges, and one count of endangering an aircraft under air navigation laws following the crash on August 22, 2015

A pilot who crashed his plane at the Shoreham airshow costing 11 people their lives will claim he was disabled by the G-forces in his plane, a court has heard.      

The eight week trial of pilot Andrew Hill, 54, is due to begin next week – following the crash which also injured 16.  

He faces 11 manslaughter by gross negligence charges, and one count of endangering an aircraft under air navigation laws following the crash on August 22, 2015.

His Hawker Hunter jet crashed onto the A27, sending a fireball across the busy West Sussex road.

He had been performing a loop-the-loop stunt at the popular air show when the crash happened.

Hill, a trained Royal Air Force instructor and fast jet pilot, was seriously injured but survived the tragedy after being thrown from the aircraft.

Today at a pre-trial hearing at the Old Bailey, Judge Andrew Edis, said the issue would be whether Hill was ‘at fault’.

Mr Hill's Hawker Hunter jet crashed onto the A27, sending a fireball across the busy West Sussex road. The aftermath is pictured 

Mr Hill’s Hawker Hunter jet crashed onto the A27, sending a fireball across the busy West Sussex road. The aftermath is pictured 

The jet 1955 Hawker Hunter, pictured here seconds before impact, was destroyed in the crash

The jet 1955 Hawker Hunter, pictured here seconds before impact, was destroyed in the crash

Hill, of Sandon, Hertfordshire, who is on unconditional bail, pleaded not guilty to all the charges relating to the crash in August.

Mr Hill's trial is due to open on Wednesday January 16. He is pictured here

Hill (pictured left and right), of Sandon, Hertfordshire, who is on unconditional bail, pleaded not guilty to all the charges relating to the crash in August

He said: ‘The issue is whether Mr Hill was at fault or whether he was disabled by the G force.’

Hill, of Sandon, Hertfordshire, who is on unconditional bail, pleaded not guilty to all the charges relating to the crash in August. 

The trial is due to open on Wednesday January 16. 

Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt (pictured), was travelling to Worthing United to play in a home game against Loxwood FC when they were caught up in the crash

Matthew Grimstone and Jacob Schilt (left and right), both 23, were travelling to Worthing United to play in a home game against Loxwood FC when they were caught up in the crash

Father Daniele Polito (pictured), from Worthing, was travelling in the same car as personal trainer Matt Jones when tragedy struck

Father Daniele Polito (right), from Worthing, was travelling in the same car as personal trainer Matt Jones (left) when tragedy struck

Dylan Archer (pictured) was due to meet up with a third friend to go on a cycle ride when they were killed in the Shoreham tragedy

Dylan Archer and Richard Smith (left and right) were due to meet up with a third friend to go on a cycle ride when they were killed in the Shoreham tragedy

Health care manager Tony Brightwell (left), 53, from Hove, was indulging his twin passions of planes and cycling when tragedy struck. While Mark Trussler (right), 54, had taken his motorbike for a spin on the day of the tragedy

Mark Reeves, 53, from Seaford, near Eastbourne, had parked his motorbike to take photographs of planes when the crash happened. While James Graham Mallinson, 72, had gone to Shoreham to photograph one of the last Vulcan bomber flights when the crash occurred 

Chauffeur Maurice Abrahams, 76, from Brighton, was en route in his classic Daimler to collect bride Rebecca Sheen and take her to her wedding when the plane crashed

Chauffeur Maurice Abrahams, 76, from Brighton, was en route in his classic Daimler to collect bride Rebecca Sheen and take her to her wedding when the plane crashed

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