The pilot died after his ejector seat initiated during the pre-flight checks of his Hawk T1 jet while on the ground and stationary at the Lincolnshire airbase

The defendant, Martin Baker Aircraft Company Ltd, will appear at Lincoln magistrates court to face a charge of breach of Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 which states that:

"It shall be the duty of every employer to conduct his undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that persons not in his employment who may be affected thereby are not thereby exposed to risks to their health or safety."

If convicted, the company would face an unlimited fine with a range between £50.00 and £10 million.  The ultimate amount of the fine would be assessed, based on the company's turnover.