David Handerson, the businessman who organized the flight that killed Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala in 2019, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison on Friday. This is reported by international news agencies. A Welsh court ruled last month that Henderson, 67, was guilty of endangering the plane. Pilot David Ibbotson was also killed in the crash, although his body has never been found.
Sala was killed in a plane crash in early 2019 while en route from Nantes to his new club Cardiff City. The plane he was in crashed into the Channel near the French coast. His body was found four days after the accident. The then 28-year-old Argentinian transition to the Premier League. The remains of the plane were found a few weeks later. According to the judge, businessman Henderson would initially fly the plane himself, but he let Ibbotson fly anyway. The pilot did not have the right papers for that. Henderson was aware of this, the court said.
Last March, investigators concluded that the pilot lost control of the plane when he made a turn. He was also possibly poisoned by carbon monoxide from the engine’s exhaust system. In addition, the investigation found that Ibbotson flew too fast in bad weather conditions. Footballer Sala said he was worried just after leaving. In an audio message to friends, he said he feared a plane that would fall apart. The death of the Argentine striker shocked the football world.
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