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Shoreham crash: Pilot Andy Hill interviewed by police

Andy Hill Image copyright PA
Image caption Investigators have been waiting to speak to pilot Andy Hill since the August crash

The pilot of the Hawker Hunter jet which crashed onto the A27 in Sussex killing 11 people, has been interviewed by police for the first time.

Officers spoke to 51-year-old Andy Hill at a police station in Hertfordshire.

Police, who did not name Mr Hill, said a man voluntarily attended an appointment and was "interviewed under caution but not arrested".

Mr Hill was performing aerobatics at the annual Shoreham show when the jet crashed and broke up.

An initial report after the incident found the jet showed "no abnormal indications" during its flight.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report said cockpit footage showed the plane "responding to the pilot's control inputs".

The jet split into four parts and Mr Hill was thrown clear. It is not known whether Mr Hill initiated his ejection.

After the crash, the pilot's family issued a statement which said they were devastated and deeply saddened by the loss of life and sent their prayers and heartfelt condolences to the families of all those affected.


The victims:

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Image caption (Top row, left to right) Matt Jones, Matthew Grimstone, Jacob Schilt, Maurice Abrahams, Richard Smith. (Bottom row, left to right) Mark Reeves, Tony Brightwell, Mark Trussler, Daniele Polito, Dylan Archer, Graham Mallinson
  • Matt Jones, a 24-year-old personal trainer
  • Matthew Grimstone, 23, a Worthing United footballer who worked as a groundsman at Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Jacob Schilt, also 23 and also a Worthing United player, was travelling to a match with Mr Grimstone
  • Maurice Abrahams, 76, from Brighton, was a chauffeur on his way to pick up a bride on her wedding day
  • Friends Richard Smith, 26, and Dylan Archer, 42, who were going for a bike ride on the South Downs
  • Mark Reeves, 53, had ridden his motorcycle to the perimeter of Shoreham Airport to take photos of the planes
  • Tony Brightwell, 53, from Hove was an aircraft enthusiast and had learnt to fly at Shoreham airfield
  • Mark Trussler, 54, is thought to have been riding his motorcycle on the A27
  • Daniele Polito was travelling in the same car as Mr Jones
  • Graham Mallinson, 72, from Newick, was a keen photographer and retired engineer

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