Shoreham Airshow inquest: Families want 'fearless' investigation
The families of 11 men who died in the Shoreham Airshow crash have called for the inquest into their deaths to be "thorough and fearless".
Pilot Andrew Hill was cleared last month of 11 charges of manslaughter by gross negligence at an Old Bailey trial.
Lawyers for the families said the inquest would consider "similar key issues" to the criminal trial.
Senior coroner Penelope Schofield was urged to enlist a jury for the inquest.
Mr Hill was attempting a loop manoeuvre when his vintage Hawker Hunter jet plunged on to the A27 in West Sussex on 22 August 2015 and exploded into a fireball.
The former RAF and British Airways pilot was thrown clear of the burning wreckage and survived.
At a pre-inquest review on Monday, Gerard Forlin QC, who represents most of the relatives, said families wanted "a full, frank, thorough and fearless investigation".
After Ms Schofield said she was not considering enlisting a jury, Mr Forlin said it was vital and urged her to delay making a decision.
Jim Morris, representing the family of 23-year-old Matthew Grimstone, said the inquest would consider "similar key issues" to the criminal trial, including Mr Hill's actions, and would re-examine cockpit footage of the crash.
Ms Schofield told the court Mr Hill had been unable to attend the latest hearing and was not represented, but may wish to be at future hearings.
She did not confirm whether he would be called to give evidence in person or if transcripts of his trial evidence would be considered.
The hearing was told the role of the Civil Aviation Authority and airshow organisers was likely to be scrutinised, but Ms Schofield would have to take the government to court to access evidence about the crash held by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).
The court heard emergency legal aid to help the families pay for representation was granted last week after the government initially refused the request.
Another pre-inquest review will be held in the summer.