Organizer Of Doomed Flight That Crashed And Killed Footballer Emiliano Sala Sentenced To 18 Months In Prison

The businessman who facilitated the flight that led to the crash of the aircraft Emiliano Sala was aboard has been found guilty and sentenced to 18 months in prison. The late Emiliano Sala and his 59 year old pilot, David Ibbotson both lost their lives when the aircraft they were aboard entered the English Channel in January 2019.

After a trial in October at Cardiff Crown Court, David Henderson, 67, of Hotham in the East Riding of Yorkshire, was found guilty of jeopardizing the aircraft’s safety. Henderson also admitted to attempting to book a flight for a person without permission or authorization.

Henderson, the plane’s operator, worked with football agent William “Willie” McKay to arrange the Argentinian player’s travel. Sala was in the middle of a £15 million deal from Ligue 1 team Nantes to Cardiff at the time of his death, and he was traveling between the two cities when he died.

Emiliano Raúl Sala was an Argentine professional footballer who played as a forward. In 2015, he signed for Nantes on a permanent basis. With Nantes, he made more than 100 appearances in Ligue 1, and achieved a successful goalscoring record, finishing as the club’s top goalscorer for three consecutive seasons. His form prompted a move to Cardiff City in January 2019, for a club record fee of £15 million.

Sala died in a plane crash off Alderney on 21 January 2019. He was a passenger aboard a Piper Malibu light aircraft flying from Nantes to Cardiff. An initial three-day search covered 4,400 square kilometres across the English Channel. Two subsequent private searches were launched, resulting in the discovery of the wreckage on 3 February; Sala’s body was recovered four days later.

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