Karim Khalil QC, leading Stephen Spence, secures acquittal for pilot in Shoreham air crash trial

8 March 2019

Karim Khalil QC, leading Stephen Spence, recently concluded an eight week trial at the Old Bailey acting on behalf of the pilot who crashed his vintage jet whilst performing a manoeuvre at the Shoreham air show in 2015.

Andrew Hill, 54, was accused of killing 11 people when his Hawker Hunter jet ploughed into the A27 in West Sussex. The prosecution had claimed that Mr Hill had a "cavalier attitude" to safety and had previously taken unnecessary risks during airshows. Hill, from Sandon, Hertfordshire, had denied 11 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence. He told the jury he had no memory of the crash or events immediately prior to it. He was flying by as much as 1,000ft (305 metres) too low, the jury heard. Karim Khalil QC argued Mr Hill had been suffering from "cognitive impairment" when the jet crashed, and that he had been affected by the G Forces which had caused a subtle cognitive impairment, related to hypoxia.

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