COUNTY NEWS: Shoreham Airshow crash final report due to be published

A final report into the Shoreham Airshow crash is due to be published on Friday, March 3.

Thursday, 23rd February 2017, 9:03 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 9:25 pm
Shoreham airshow disaster first anniversary memorial event

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is set to publish the findings of its investigation that day at noon.

A pre-inquest review into the deaths of the 11 men, which had been due to take place on Friday, March 17, has been postponed.

Penelope Schofield, the West Sussex senior coroner, said she had reluctantly taken this step due to the close timing of the release of the final report and the fact that the police investigation was still ongoing.

A new date for the pre-inquest review will be set in due course, she added.

Eleven men lost their lives when a vintage Hawker Hunter jet crashed during a display at the airshow on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

They were: Maurice Abrahams, 76, of Brighton; Dylan Archer, 42, of Brighton; Anthony Brightwell, 53, of Hove; Matthew Grimstone, 23, of Brighton; Matthew Jones, 24, of Littlehampton; James Graham Mallinson, 72, of Newick; Daniele Polito, 23, of Goring; Mark Reeves, 53, of Seaford; Jacob Schilt, 23, of Brighton; Richard Smith, 26, of Hove and Mark Trussler, 54, of Worthing.

On the one year anniversary of the disaster, hundreds of people gathered on the Old Toll Bridge in Shoreham to remember victims.

Family members, friends and members of the community gathered to pay their respects.

White doves were released at the event, and a minute’s silence was observed at 1.22pm – exactly one year after the disaster.

The Rev Canon Ann Waizeneker, vicar of St Mary’s Church, Shoreham, read out a prayer and the names of the eleven men who died.

She said: “Its a really important thing to do, to mark this, at the time it happened and at this place, which is a focal point.”

Last month it was confirmed that the airshow will not take place this year, out of respect of the needs of the families.

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