Information on the inquests into the 11 deaths that occurred on the A27 during the Shoreham Airshow on 22 August 2015.

Inquests to be held

Names of the deceased and interested persons.

A coroner's inquest is a process for investigating the factual circumstances of a death. It is a fact-finding process to establish the answers to who the deceased was and how, when and where they came to their death.

The proceedings and evidence are aimed solely at ascertaining the answers to these questions. Expressions of opinion on any other matter - for example, determining criminal or civil liability - are not allowed. However, the coroner does have the power to investigate not just the main cause of death, but also ‘any acts or omissions which directly led to the cause of death’.

Inquests are being held into the deaths of:

  • Matthew Wesley Jones, 24 of Littlehampton
  • Matthew Grimstone, 23 of Brighton
  • Jacob Henry Schilt, 23 of Brighton
  • Daniele Gaetano Polito, 23 of Goring by Sea
  • Mark James Trussler, 54 of Worthing
  • Maurice Rex Abrahams, 76 of Brighton
  • Mark Alexander Reeves, 53 of Seaford
  • Richard Jonathan Smith, 26 of Hove
  • Dylan Archer, 42 of Brighton
  • Anthony David Brightwell, 53 of Hove
  • James Graham Mallinson, 72 of Newick

Interested persons

Under Section 47 of The Coroners and Justice Act 2009 there is an automatic right to 'interested person' status for a number of people, including the family of the deceased.

Other formally recognised interested persons for these inquests are:

  • Andy Hill, Pilot of the Hawker Hunter
  • Insurers to the Pilot (to be confirmed)
  • Owners of the Hawker Hunter
  • Insurers to the Operators of the Hawker Hunter
  • RAFA( Royal Air Force Association)
  • Rod Dean Flying Display Director
  • Shoreham Airport (to be confirmed)
  • AAIB (Air Accident Investigation Branch)
  • Sussex Police
  • CAA (Civil Aviation Authority)
Last updated:
25 March 2019

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