G Forces: How flight modelling uncovered the truth - Shoreham Air Accident, 2015
In this IIL Aviation lecture members were reminded that the Shoreham air accident shocked the UK and there was a lot of conjecture as the Pilots prosecution for manslaughter followed so John Jeffery, as defence expert, walked attendees through the method and process that enabled the court to gain a more detailed and clearer understanding of what could have happened that gave rise to the crash as well as other scenarios that were less likely to have happened.
The Shoreham air disaster in 2015 resulted in the death of 11 members of the public. It raised a lot of adverse headlines as well as significant public outrage. The press coverage was very much biased and, at times, vitriolic towards the pilot who survived the crash. He was prosecuted for manslaughter, going to trial in 2019, and John Jeffery was instructed as defence expert.
This lecture presented the methods and approaches used to build defence evidence in this case, the difficulties faced and the conclusions reached. It will discuss the relative strength of argument and evidence presented by both sides and shows how, if the scientific basis for your conclusions is not correct, this can impact on the technical credibility of your evidence. The lecture also demonstrated how, when using a consistent approach and methodology, a much clearer understanding can be reached and when combined with other expert testimony, how this presents a powerful set of conclusions.
By the end of this lecture members will have gained an insight into:
- The power of using a consistent methodology and approach when investigating and analysing air accidents
- Why the science matters
- How the evidence is built up
- Why it is important that expert evidence is not just examined in isolation but the relationships between different experts evidence are clearly understood
Simon Abbott, Underwriting Executive, Global Aerospace.
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