Organiser Of Flight That Killed Footballer Emiliano Sala Convicted
Muhammad Rameez 1 month ago Thu 28th October 2021 | 05:04 PM
The businessman who organised the 2019 flight that crashed, killing Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, was Thursday found guilty of endangering the safety of an aircraft
London, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th Oct, 2021 ) :The businessman who organised the 2019 flight that crashed, killing Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, was Thursday found guilty of endangering the safety of an aircraft.
It took the jury of seven men and five women seven-and-a-half hours to convict Henderson, the aircraft operator, whom the trial heard had arranged the flight with football agent William "Willie" McKay.
Ibbotson, who regularly flew for him, did not hold a commercial pilot's licence, a qualification to fly at night, and his rating to fly the single-engine Piper Malibu had expired.
The jury heard how just moments after finding out the plane had gone down, Henderson texted a number of people telling them to stay silent, warning it would "open a can of worms".
Henderson had already admitted a separate offence of attempting to discharge a passenger without valid permission or authorisation.
The judge granted Henderson bail to return to be sentenced for both offences on November 12.
He faces maximum sentences of five years' imprisonment for endangering the aircraft and two years for the lesser charge.