Shoreham air crash trial: Pilot Andy Hill made no obvious attempt to stop vintage jet crashing, court hears

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A pilot was "doing nothing" to avoid crashing his jet at the Shoreham Airshow killing 11 men, a court heard.

 

Mr Hill is on trial at the Old Bailey after his Hawker Hunter crashed on the A27 erupting into a "massive fireball".

 

Hawker Hunter jet pilot Andrew Hill was himself badly injured in the August 2015 disaster. He recovered and is now on trial accused of 11 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence.

 

Mr Davis, a former RAF flight instructor, said he only realised something was wrong when he watched the 1950s-era jet descend while completing a manoeuvre that has been described as a “bent loop”.

 

Derek Davis, chairman of the show's flying control committee, said in the seconds before he knew something was wrong with Andy Hill's flight.

 

"I thought the aircraft on the descent was not being controlled," Mr Davis told the court.

 

Asked by Mr Khalil whether before that last minute evasion the jet “didn’t seem to be controlled at all,” Mr Davis replied: “That is correct.”

 

The jury was told that at the crash scene, in order to dull his pain, first responders gave Hill Ketamine, a drug that can also induce amnesia.

 

The trial continues.

 

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