THE WIFE OF a chauffeur who died in the Shoreham Airshow crash disaster says she is relieved that an investigation by the authorities has resulted in criminal charges.
Eleven people were killed and 16 injured when pilot Andrew Hill’s Hawker jet plummeted into traffic on the A27 in West Sussex at 1:22pm on 22 August 2015.
A spokesman for the Crown Prosecution Service said Hill had been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence as well as charges of endangerment of an aircraft under air navigation laws.
Edwina Abrahams’ (62) said her husband Maurice (76) was on his way to pick up a bride for a wedding when he was killed and added: “I am very pleased that it has now got to this point and that I know that things are moving forward.
“It has taken such a long time to get here. Now, we think that this time next year all this will be behind us. It has taken far too long.”
Mrs Abrahams was informed of the decision to bring charges, along with the relatives of other victims, by detectives at a private meeting in Lewes, East Sussex.
She said: “The wait for the meeting was not too bad because we were all together and have seen each other so often. We were also supported by the police liaison officer.”
In a statement released by the Sussex Police, Simon Ringdoves, of the CPS special crime division, said:
Following a careful review of the evidence, I have found there is sufficient evidence to charge Andrew Hill with the manslaughter by gross negligence of the 11 people who died. I have also authorised a further charge against Mr Hill, of endangering an aircraft, contrary to article 137 of the Air Navigation Order 2009.
Hill, a former Royal Air Force instructor and fast jet pilot, was thrown clear of the Hawker Hunter before it crashed and was taken to hospital with serious injuries and placed in an induced coma, before he was later discharged.