David Henderson 67, the organiser of the flight which was flown by pilot, David Ibbotson which led to his death and that of Emiliano Sala, has been found guilty today.
Emiliano Sala, 28 years of age tragically lost his life in a plane crash on his way to Cardiff city after signing up with them from France side club Nantes on January 21, 2019 for a sum of £15million.
The pilot of the plane who was David Ibbotson also lost his life.
Jury of seven men and five women found David Henderson guilty after he arranged the flight with football agent William McKay, and had asked Mr Ibbotson to fly the plane as he was in Paris on holiday.
Also Mr Ibbotson, according to reports do not hold a commercial pilot’s licence and wasn’t qualified to fly at night and his rating to fly the single-engine Piper Malibu had expired.
He was convicted at Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday after the verdict found him wanting.
The statement read: “Mr Henderson’s convictions are welcome and we hope the CAA will ensure that illegal flights of this kind are stopped.
“The actions of David Henderson are only one piece in the puzzle of how the plane David Ibbotson was illegally flying came to crash into the sea on 21 January 2019.
“We still do not know the key information about the maintenance history of the aircraft and all the factors behind the carbon monoxide poisoning revealed in August 2019 by AAIB.
Emiliano Sala, 28 years of age tragically lost his life in a plane crash on his way to Cardiff city after signing up with them from France side club Nantes on January 21, 2019
“The answers to these questions can only be properly established at Emiliano’s inquest, which is due to start in February next year.
“The Sala family fervently hope that everyone involved in the inquest will provide full disclosure of material without further delay, including Piper Aircraft Inc and the AAIB.
“This should ensure that the inquest can fulfil its function of fully and fearlessly examining the evidence so that all the facts emerge.
“Only if that happens will Emiliano’s family finally know the truth about this tragedy enabling all the lessons to be learned, so that no family goes through a similar preventable death.”