Official Report Finds Pilot Too Low in Deadly Shoreham Crash

  • Sep 4, 2015 6:59pm GMT

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB)'s preliminary report into the deadly warbird crash which killed 11 people last month in England was caused by pilot error.

According to the report, Andy Hill, a former airline pilot, started the maneuver several hundred feet lower than what was allowed by the Civil Aviation Authority.

AAIB report: “The aircraft … commenced a descending left turn to 200 ft above mean sea level approaching the display line at an angle of about 45 degrees.

The aircraft then pitched up into a manoeuvre with both a vertical component and roll to the left

During the descent the aircraft accelerated and the nose was raised but the aircraft did not achieve level flight before it struck the westbound carriageway of the A27.

The pilot … held a valid display authorisation, issued by the UK CAA, to display the Hawker Hunter to a minimum height of 100ft during flypasts and 500ft during standard category aerobatic manoeuvres.”

The Telegraph has more on the report, comments from aviation experts, and more about the victims.

**CAA Issues Restrictions on Vintage Jets: Grounds Hawker Hunters **

The British Civilian Aviation Authority (CAA) has started the difficult investigation into Saturday's tragic air show crash in which a vintage Hawker Hunter crashed into a highway killing at least 11 people.

*"The CAA has announced the following:

As a precaution, on Saturday 22 August we took steps to ensure no further flights were made by Hawker Hunter aircraft - this temporary restriction remains in place. Flying displays over land by vintage jet aircraft will be significantly restricted until further notice. They will be limited to flypasts, which means ‘high energy’ aerobatics will not be permitted. The CAA will conduct additional risk assessments on all forthcoming civil air displays to establish if additional measures should be introduced. We commenced a full review of civil air display safety yesterday and held an initial meeting this morning.

"The safety standards that must be met by all major civil air displays in the UK are among the very highest in the world and are regularly reviewed. All air display arrangements, including the pilots and aircraft, must meet rigorous safety requirements. Individual display pilots are only granted approval following a thorough test of their abilities.

"The CAA will continue to offer every assistance to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch as it seeks to establish the cause of the accident. The CAA will also act promptly in response to any emerging indications from the AAIB’s investigation.

"Further details will be provided in the coming days and we will continue to work with the industry to ensure the most appropriate action is taken as a result of this review." *