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Martin-Baker pleads guilty over Red Arrows death

22 January 2018

Martin-Baker Aircraft Ltd has admitted to health and safety breaches that led to the death of a UK Royal Air Force (RAF) Red Arrows display pilot in 2011.

Answering the charges at Lincoln Crown Court on 22 January, the UK ejector-seat manufacturer pleaded guilty to breaking health and safety laws, leading to the death of Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham on 8 November 2011. The pilot died after his ejector-seat initiated during pre-flight checks of his BAE Systems Hawk T1 (XX177) aircraft at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire.

The admission from the company came on the first day of a trial that was brought against it by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in September 2016.

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