After the tragic air show crash that resulted in the loss of eleven lives, it has been revealed that injured spectators could be in line for massive compensation payouts. The accident happened on 22 August 2015, when a 1950s Hunter Hawker fell out the sky during an aerobatic performance. Where 11 were killed, a further 14 were severely injured. The aircraft’s owners, Canfield Hunter Ltd, have admitted liability for the accident and have already settled one compensation claim.
The aircraft’s pilot, former RAF pilot Andy Hill, miraculously survived the crash after he was ejected from the cockpit. Despite his survival, he was severely injured and spent several weeks in an induced coma. Footage from inside the cockpit is still being investigated to determine the exact cause of the failure.
“owner of the aircraft is liable for any loss or damage”
Specialist aviation expert and former RAF pilot, Jim Morris, said: “Under the Civil Aviation Act, the owner of the aircraft is liable for any loss or damage or injury to ground victims.” The aircraft’s owners have already settled one claim, but Mr Morris, who is currently representing fifteen victims, believes that payouts could reach the millions.
The aircraft and debris from the crash 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.”