The Shoreham Airshow disaster pilot has dropped his bid to challenge the inquest verdict of unlawful killing.

Senior coroner Penelope Schofield conlcuded the 11 men who died in the tragedy were unlawfully killed when Andrew Hill's vintage plance crashed on to the A27.

She said his exceptionally bad flying was at fault.

Hill sought to challenge the conclusion by applying for a judicial review. The application was refused and a seven-day deadline passed without him requesting a hearing.

He had been cleared of gross negligence manslaughter following an Old Bailey trial.

But the inquest, held in Horsham seven years after the 2015 disaster, heard the risk to life should have been clear and obvious.

The Argus: Andrew HillAndrew Hill (Image: The Argus)

Ms Schofield said she did not need to be an expert to know the pilot was too slow going into the fatal loop the loop and too low when he reached the top.

“This was not a small misjudgement,” she said.

A spokesman for West Sussex County Council said: “Further to the High Court's decision to refuse permission for Mr Hill to proceed with the judicial review - Mr Hill has now advised that he will not be making a request for an oral hearing to challenge that decision.

“The West Sussex, Brighton and Hove Coroner will not be making any further comment.”

A source close to the inquest said: “It’s over.”

Family members said they were relieved.