Ejector seat company fined £1.1m after Red Arrows pilot death

An ejector seat manufacturer has been fined £1.1m, after the death of a Red Arrows pilot at RAF Scampton in 2011.

Martin-Baker Aircraft company admitted health and safety breaches leading up to the death of Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham - he was thrown into the air after an ejector seat unexpectedly activated.

He should have been able to survive but his parachute failed to activate.

The firm have 28 days to pay - they've already handed over £550,000 in prosecution fees. 

In a statement the company said "our thoughts remain foremost with the family and friends of Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham, to whom the Company conveys its sadness, regret and apology."


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