One of the world’s leading ejector seat manufacturers has been fined £1.1 million after a breach of health and safety law led to the death of a Red Arrows pilot Sean Cunningham in November 2011.
Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham was fatally injured after being ejected from his Hawk T1 aircraft while conducting pre-flight checks on the ground at RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, on November 8, 2011.
The parachute on the Mark 10B ejector seat did not deploy and the South African-born airman fell 200ft before he later died in hospital.
Martin-Baker Aircraft Company Ltd admitted failing to ensure the safety of non-employees in connection with the 35-year-old’s death at a hearing on January 22.
At Lincoln Crown Court on Friday, the firm was handed a £1.1 million fine and had already agreed to pay £550,000 in prosecution costs.