Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Thursday stated it had charged a person in reference to the loss of life of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala in a light-weight plane crash final 12 months.
“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,” stated CAA director Richard Stephenson in an announcement revealed on the regulator’s web site.
“It will be inappropriate for the CAA to say anything further until the case is concluded.”
Henderson, 66, appeared at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on September 28 and was bailed to seem at Cardiff Crown Court on October 26.
Sala’s mom, Mercedes Taffarel, welcomed the information, however was “disappointed that it has today resulted in what may be a further significant delay to the inquest into Emiliano’s death,” in keeping with her authorized agency Hickman and Rose.
“His mother remains desperate to know the full truth about how this could have been allowed to happen, and urges the CAA to proceed with its criminal prosecution as swiftly as possible, so an inquest can be held to establish this, and that similar deaths are prevented,” stated Daniel Machover from Hickman and Rose.
Sala, 28, died when the airplane carrying him and pilot David Ibbotson got here down within the Channel on January 21, simply days after he had joined Cardiff City from Nantes.
He had been Cardiff’s file signing after a price of £15 million ($19 million) was agreed with Nantes in the course of the January switch window.
After travelling to Cardiff to finish the deal, Sala returned to France to gather belongings and bid farewell to his teammates.
It was on his return to the Welsh capital to participate in his first coaching session that the tragedy occurred.
Initial search operations for the participant and pilot had been suspended within the days after the single-engine Piper Malibu airplane went lacking.
However, a crowdfunding effort supported by 1000’s of donations, together with from soccer stars akin to Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, helped launch a personal search.
That specialised search noticed Sala’s physique recovered from the wreckage in February however Ibbotson’s physique has not been discovered.
Two months after Sala’s physique was found, his father Horacio Sala died of a coronary heart assault in Argentina.
British air accident investigators in March concluded Ibbotson was not licensed to fly the airplane or at night time, and that he misplaced management and flew too quick as he tried to keep away from dangerous climate.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch stated each the pilot and Sala had been affected by carbon monoxide poisoning earlier than the crash.
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