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

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March 2018

A pre-inquest review into the 11 deaths following the Shoreham air crash due to take place on Monday 26 March has been postponed.

West Sussex Senior Coroner Penelope Schofield has taken the decision following the CPS decision to bring charges against the pilot. The Coroner has set the next review for Friday 22 February 2019, to allow for the criminal proceedings.

Due to the nature of the charges, the full inquest must now await the conclusion of the criminal case. The Coroner has said she does not anticipate the full inquest will take place until mid to late 2019 and will continue to keep the matter under review to ensure that the inquests take place as soon as is reasonably possible.

January 2018

The pre-inquest review into the 11 deaths following the Shoreham air crash due to take place on Wednesday 24 January has been postponed.

West Sussex Senior Coroner Penelope Schofield said the Crown Prosecution Service had recently notified her that no decision would be reached before the date of the pre inquest review on whether or not the pilot of the aircraft will be charged with any criminal offences.

The pre inquest review has been rescheduled for Monday 26 March.

The Coroner has informed the families of the new date.

She described the decision to postpone as regrettable, but with no decision from the CPS that little progress could be made.

She indicated she was still working towards holding the full inquest in the autumn if no criminal charges are brought.

The inquest may have to be suspended if the CPS decides to bring criminal charges.

November 2017

The West Sussex Senior Coroner has been told that Sussex Police’s full file into the Shoreham air crash is now with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Penelope Schofield has written to the families of the 11 men killed in the air crash in August 2015 to share the update.

Ms Schofield said: “The full file is now with the CPS and Sussex Police await a CPS decision as to whether or not any criminal charges are to be brought.

“A further update will be provided at the next pre-inquest review hearing scheduled for 24 January 2018.

“I will of course keep the matter under continuous review.”

The Coroner has indicated that the full inquest is still set to be heard in September 2018.

Ms Schofield said the inquest may have to be suspended if the CPS decides to bring criminal charges.

October 2017

West Sussex Senior Coroner Penelope Schofield received an update from Sussex Police informing her that progress has been made in their investigation into the Shoreham air crash.

A further update will be provided by Sussex Police to the Coroner by the end of November.

Eleven men died in the air crash in August 2015.

Ms Schofield said: “In accordance with the Direction given at the Pre Inquest Review Hearing on 20 June 2017 Sussex Police have provided me with an update on their ongoing investigation on 29 September 2017.

“Whilst progress is being made there is no further information to be given out at this time and a further update will be provided to me on 30 November 2017. The families of the deceased are being kept informed.”

The Coroner has indicated that the full inquest is still set to be heard in September 2018.

A third pre-inquest review will take place on Wednesday 24 January at Crawley Coroner’s Court.

Ms Schofield said the inquest may have to be suspended if the CPS decides to bring criminal charges.

June 2017

A second pre-inquest review was held on 20 June 2017 into the deaths of the 11 people who were killed when a Hawker Hunter jet crashed during a display at the Shoreham Airshow on Saturday 22 August 2015.

West Sussex Senior Coroner Penelope Schofield received an update on the current investigations by Sussex Police.

The police revealed their investigation is 95% complete and a file was being submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service.

The Coroner set the date for a third pre-inquest review to take place on Wednesday 24 January at Crawley Coroner’s Court and indicated she would like the full inquest to be set for September 2018.

Ms Schofield said the inquest may have to be suspended if the CPS decide to bring criminal charges.

She informed families at the hearing that she was in regular contact with the police about their investigation.

She told them: "I want to assure you I am satisfied that they are moving forward as quickly as they can in quite difficult circumstances and they are hoping to bring their investigation to a conclusion as quickly as possible."

April 2017

The West Sussex Senior Coroner has taken the decision to postpone the Shoreham air crash pre-inquest review due to have taken place on Friday 17 March 2017.

The Coroner, Penelope Schofield, said she had reluctantly taken this step due to the close timing of the release of the Air Accident Investigation Branch final report, which is due in March and the fact that the police investigation is still ongoing.

A new date for the pre-inquest review will be set in due course.

 
Last updated:
29 March 2018

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