Sunday, December 5

The organizer of the Sala flight was guilty of endangering the aircraft

David Henderson, the man who organized Emiliano Sala’s trip to Cardiff in which the Argentine footballer died, has been convicted of “endangering the safety of the aircraft.” The Cardiff (Wales) court found Henderson guilty by majority (ten in favor, two against) of this charge, after he himself pleaded guilty to another charge for organizing the flight without having the necessary permits to do so. Sala and pilot David Ibbotson died on January 21, 2019 in a plane crash in the English Channel, when the Argentine footballer was traveling from Nantes to Cardiff after completing his transfer to the Welsh club for around 20 million euros.

Henderson’s grief, who was the person in charge of organizing the trips of the plane in which Sala died and who scheduled the trip to Cardiff despite knowing Ibbotson’s irregularities, will be known on November 12. The owner of the aircraft, Fay Keely, had warned Henderson not to let Ibbotson fly, for not having a license to operate commercial flights and for having received several notices of irregularities from the air authorities.

However, when the intermediaries for Sala’s signing commissioned Henderson to organize the flight to Cardiff, the latter, not being in Nantes and being in Paris with his wife, hired Ibbotson for the job. Henderson argued at trial that he convinced Keely to carry out the work over the phone, but Keely admitted not remembering that call.

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According to what was exposed before the jury, which took more than seven hours to reach a verdict, Henderson, once he learned that the plane had crashed, sent several messages to different people asking them to keep silent so as not to “uncover a full can. of worms “. The defendant explained that he feared that his businesses would be investigated due to this incident.

The prosecution attorney, Martin Goudie, argued that Henderson was “negligent” in how he operated the plane and that he “put his business above the safety of the passengers by hiring pilots who were not qualified to fly or were not competent to fly. complete certain flights “. Sala’s body was recovered days after the accident along the plane’s fuselage, while Ibbotson’s was never found.

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