David Henderson charged over the plane crash of Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala

David Henderson has been charged in connection with the crash of the plane in the English Channel that killed footballer Emiliano Sala.

Henderson faces charges for two offences under the Air Navigation Order, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said.

The 66-year-old is accused of acting in a “reckless/negligent” manner, and being involved in the commercial use of the plane involved in the crash.

Henderson is alleged to have arranged the flight which crashed into the sea in January 2019 off the Channel Islands as it flew to Cardiff Airport from Nantes.
CAA director Richard Stephenson said: “The UK Civil Aviation Authority has commenced a prosecution of David Henderson for offences associated with the fatal light aircraft accident over the English Channel in January 2019.
“It will be inappropriate for the CAA to say anything further until the case is concluded.“
Sala had just signed for the Bluebirds who at the time were under the management of Neil Warnock, for a record club transfer fee of 15 million.
The player had already been to Cardiff and signed, when he wished to return to France and to tie up some loose ends as well as collect personal items.
Cardiff City offered the player a commercial flight back and forth to Paris, although the player declined and preferred a light aircraft flight directly to Nantes, arranged by a football agent Willie Mackay with David Henderson.
As the flight bound for Cardiff airport took off in the late evening from Nantes it ditched in the sea just off Guernsey, Sala’s body was later rescued from the crash scene but pilot David Ibbotson, 59 has never been found.
Later it was revealed that Ibbotson, flew without the correct pilots license and was not supposed to be flying at night.
Messages from Sala to friends during the flight revealed he was scared on the flight and that he thought he wouldn’t make the complete flight – sadly he never did.

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