Inquest Begins Into Death Of Red Arrows Pilot Sean Cunningham

Lawyers Say Heartbroken Family Hope Inquest Will Provide Answers About Their Loss


Lawyers acting on behalf of the family of a Red Arrows Pilot who died after his parachute failed to open when the ejector seat activated say they hope the inquest will provide answers about the events leading up to his death.

Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham died in November 2011, after being ejected from a Hawk T1 which was on the ground at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire.

An inquest into the 35-year-old’s death will begin on the 9th of January at Lincoln Cathedral Centre and is expected to last three weeks, with Central Lincolnshire Coroner Stuart Fisher hearing from up to 40 key witnesses.

Law firm Irwin Mitchell has represented Flt. Lt Cunningham’s family in a civil claim against the Ministry of Defence.

Keith Barrett, a Partner and serious injury expert at Irwin Mitchell is representing the family.

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Flt. Lt Cunningham’s family have been left devastated by their sudden and unexpected loss.

“They would like to thank the Coroner for taking the time to investigate the circumstances surrounding Sean’s death and hope the inquest will provide much-needed answers about what happened that day.

“Nothing will bring Sean back but it will give the family some comfort to know his death was investigated fully and that any lessons that can be learnt are taken on board to protect the safety of other service men and women in future.”
Keith Barrett, Partner

Sean’s sister, Nicolette Cunningham, added: “Sean was an outstanding pilot who, according to his superiors, went beyond the call of duty whilst on operational tours in Iraq. He had worked tirelessly to become a pilot and was extremely proud to be a member of the armed forces and honoured to protect his country."

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