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Shoreham airshow disaster victims could be in line for payouts

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It has been revealed following the tragic Shoreham air show crash that injured spectators could be in line for very large compensation payments. This has come as a result of the aircraft’s owners admitting liability for the accident, which saw eleven killed and fourteen seriously injured. The Hawker Hunter 1950s RAF jet crashed during an aerobatics display on 22 August 2015, causing it to fall out of the sky in a fireball and smash into several cars on the ground.

Former RAF pilot Andy Hill was flying the aircraft at the time of the crash, and much to the amazement of medical staff, survived and spent several weeks in an induced coma. Jim Morris, a specialist aviation expert and former RAF pilot stated: “Under the Civil Aviation Act, the owner of the aircraft is liable for any loss or damage or injury to ground victims.

Could go on to reach the millions

Owners of the aircraft, Canfield Hunter Ltd, admitted liability for the accident and have already settled one compensation claim. Mr Morris, representing fifteen victims, however, said that the total personal injury compensation payout could go on to reach into the millions.

The plane is currently under investigation at the AAIB facilities. A spokesperson from Canfield Hunter said: “The investigation is ongoing. However, we remain committed to doing everything we can to assist those affected by this tragic incident.

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