Man Pleads Guilty To Charge Relating To Footballer Sala's Death
Muhammad Rameez 2 months ago Mon 18th October 2021 | 07:21 PM
A 66-year-old man has pleaded guilty to a charge in relation to the death of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala in a light-aircraft crash in 2019, a British court heard on Monday
Cardiff, United Kingdom, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Oct, 2021 ) :A 66-year-old man has pleaded guilty to a charge in relation to the death of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala in a light-aircraft crash in 2019, a British court heard on Monday.
David Henderson admitted one count of attempting to discharge a passenger without valid permission or authorisation, before a trial in Cardiff.
That charge typically concerns a business operator failing to acquire the appropriate licenses to hire a plane commercially.
He will be tried on a separate charge of endangering the safety of an aircraft, which he denies. After jury selection, the case was adjourned until Tuesday afternoon.
Henderson, who was charged with both offenses last year, is alleged to have arranged the flight to bring the former Nantes striker from France to Cardiff, where he was due to begin training with the Welsh club, who were then in the Premier League.
The plane crashed into the sea near the Channel island of Guernsey, killing Sala, 28, and pilot David Ibbotson, who was 59.
It was on his return flight to the Welsh capital on January 21, to take part in his first training session, that the plane crashed.
Initial searches for the player and pilot were suspended in the days after the single-engine plane went missing.
British air accident investigators in March 2020 concluded that Ibbotson was not licensed to fly the plane or to fly at night, and that he lost control and flew too fast as he tried to avoid bad weather.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said both the pilot and Sala were affected by carbon monoxide poisoning before the crash.