AAIB Publishes Latest Shoreham Airshow Special Bulletin

Specialist Aviation Lawyers Analyse Report Findings


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Expert lawyers representing the victims of the Shoreham airshow disaster in August last year comment on the Air Accident Investigation Branch’s (AAIB) latest special bulletin into the crash.

The latest report considers public protection and safety management at flying displays and a final report is due to be published later this year. The Special Bulletin makes 14 recommendations to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

An ex-military Hawker Hunter jet aircraft crashed into the westbound carriageway of the A27 on 22 August 2015 while taking part in an air display near Shoreham airport. Eleven people on the ground were killed, a number of others were seriously injured and the pilot also suffered serious injuries.

Specialist aviation lawyers at Irwin Mitchell are representing and advising people left injured following the Shoreham air crash. They are helping them to access the therapies and rehabilitation they need to overcome the ordeal.

Expert Opinion
“This special bulletin is an extremely important step forward in improving the safety of airshows across the UK. There are clear learning points from what happened at Shoreham which the CAA must take into account and implement into its policies and guidance asap.

“The key issues include the detail included in the risk assessments for Shoreham in relation to where potentially dangerous manoeuvres were taking place and how close the crowd would be standing. As we tragically saw in August last year, when something goes wrong with an aircraft near to a large group of spectators, there can be disastrous consequences

“Although we don’t want to dampen the enjoyment that many people derive from airshows, it’s quite clear that the regulations for organisers looking to put on a display have got to be improved to reduce the risk of similar issues in future.”
Jim Morris, Partner

Clive Garner, who leads the aviation team at Irwin Mitchell said: "While the CAA's recommendations to improve safety at airshows are welcome, we and our clients are very disappointed that it has taken this disaster and this terrible loss of life to happen before these recommendations have been made.
"Most of the recommendations are common sense, and questions have to be asked whether more should have been done to improve safety standards prior to the tragic events that occurred in Shoreham.”

Irwin Mitchell will be representing its clients at the pre-inquest review into the deaths of those killed in Shoreham on 22nd March in Horsham.

Irwin Mitchell represents and is advising the families of people who were tragically killed as well as people who were injured in the Shoreham air crash. If you would like to speak in confidence to an expert regarding this accident, or any other aviation incident you were involved in, see our Shoreham Air Accident page for more information or alternatively our Air Accident Claims page.