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Ejector seat maker to be prosecuted over Red Arrows pilot’s death

An ejector seat manufacturer is to prosecuted over the death of a Red Arrows pilot at RAF Scampton in 2011.

The Health and Safety Executive said it would be prosecuting Martin Baker Aircraft Ltd for an alleged breach of health and safety law.

Ejector seat maker to be prosecuted over Red Arrows pilot's death
Ejector seat maker to be prosecuted over Red Arrows pilot’s death

The charges relate to the death of Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham at the base in Lincolnshire.

HSE’s Inspector David Butter said: “We have conducted a thorough investigation and consider there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest to bring a prosecution.”

HSE investigated the incident following a Ministry of Defence inquiry, investigations by the civilian and military police and technical investigations involving the Military Aviation Authority and the Military Air Accident Investigation Branch.

Cunningham died after his ejector seat initiated during the pre-flight checks of his Hawk T1 jet while on the ground and stationary at the Lincolnshire airbase.

Martin Baker Aircraft Company Ltd, of Higher Denham near Uxbridge, will appear at Lincoln magistrates court, at a date to be confirmed, to face a section three charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

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