Inquest launched into Sala plane crash

Inquest launched into Sala plane crash

An inquest has now been launched into the the deaths of footballer Emiliano Sala and Lincolnshire pilot David Ibbotson.

The pair died during a plane crash back in in January 2019 when they were travelling from Nantes in Frnace to Cardiff over the English Channel.

The flight organiser, David Henderson, from Hotham was jailed for 18 months after being found guilty of recklessly endangering the safety of an aircraft in November 2021.

Henderson also admitted to trying to arrange a flight for a passenger without authorisation.

The Dorset coroner’s inquest will consider pilot David Ibbotson’s qualifications, the flight itself, and the search for and recovery of Mr Sala’s body.

The condition and maintenance of the aircraft and the design of its exhaust system will also be assessed.

Sala’s body was found two weeks after the cash but Mr Ibbotson’s body have never been recovered.

During the trial last year the court heard how Mr Ibbotson regularly flew for Henderson but did not hold a commercial licence for carrying passengers or for flying at night.

The jury was also told how Henderson sent out texts moments after the crash warning people not to say anything as it could “open a can of worms”.

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