The pilot of the Hawker Hunter jet that crashed at the Shoreham Airshow is to be charged with manslaughter.

The jet crashed into the A27 during the airshow in August 2015, killing 11 men.

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised that Andrew Hill, 53, of Standon Road in Hertfordshire, be charged with the manslaughter by gross negligence of the men who died.

He will also be charged with endangering an aircraft, contrary to Article 137 of the Air Navigation Order 2009.

The reviewing lawyer, Simon Ringrose from the CPS Special Crime Division, made the announcement to families of the deceased at a private meeting in Lewes this evening (Wednesday, 21).

Simon Ringrose said:

“The Crown Prosecution Service has considered a full file of evidence received from Sussex Police in relation to the deaths of 11 men at the Shoreham Airshow in 2015.

“Sussex Police conducted a thorough and detailed investigation into the incident and in November 2017 submitted a full file of evidence to the CPS in relation to the actions of the pilot, Andrew Hill.

“In accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, I have considered whether there is sufficient evidence to charge Mr Hill with any offence and if so whether it is in the public interest to do so.

“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 men 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.

“Mr Hill will be formally charged with the offences and will appear before the courts in due course.”

Mr Hill is due to appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on April 19.

Police said specialist officers are continuing to support the families and friends of those who died.