United States

Shoreham Airshow crash pilot acquitted over deaths

The pilot of a jet which crashed at the Shoreham Airshow killing 11 men has been found not guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence.Andrew Hill's ex-military jet exploded in a fireball on the A27 in Sussex on 22 August 2015.The former RAF pilot, 54, denied deliberately beginning a loop manoeuvre despite flying too low and too slowly.Karim Khalil QC, defending, argued Mr Hill had been suffering from "cognitive impairment" when the jet crashed.Mr Hill, from Sandon, near Buntingford, Hertfordshire, was also formally acquitted of a count - that was not put in front of the jury - of negligently or recklessly endangering the safety of an aircraft.The Old Bailey jury deliberated for seven hours over three days and there were gasps from ...