The British pilot David Henderson was declared “not guilty” this Monday before a Welsh court of two charges related to the fatal accident that in January 2019 cost the life of the ill-fated Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala.
Henderson appeared today by videoconference in a hearing held at the Court of Cardiff (Wales), in which he denied having put “security” at risk of the device in which the player lost his life and also rejected having tried to operate a plane to transport a passenger “without a valid license or authorization.”
The man, a native of the English town of East Riding, from the county of Yorkshire (north of the country), was conditionally released waiting for the start of the judicial process in October 2021.
To Henderson, who was the pilot who was originally going to charter the plane in which the player had to travel. Nantes (France) a Cardiff (Wales), had already appeared in a preliminary court hearing on September 28.
The defendant offered to entrust that service to another pilot, David Ibbotson, 59, who passed away in the incident and whose body has not yet been found.
Henderson is accused of having acted “careless and negligent” and to be involved in the commercial use of the aircraft wrecked.
From the Civil Aviation Authority of the United Kingdom – regulatory body – it was confirmed today that it had begun “the judicial process of David Henderson for crimes associated with the fatal accident in the English Channel in January 2019 “, although it was considered” inappropriate to comment until the conclusion of the case “.
The footballer, who was 28 years old at the time of the accident, he lost his life with Ibbotson when the plane taking him from Nantes (France) to Cardiff (Wales) crashed in the English Channel on January 21, 2019.