Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Thursday mentioned it had charged a person in reference to the dying of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala in a lightweight plane crash final yr.
“The UK Civil Aviation Authority has commenced a prosecution of David Henderson for offences related to the deadly mild plane accident over the English Channel in January 2019,” mentioned CAA director Richard Stephenson in a press release printed on the regulator’s web site.
“It will likely be inappropriate for the CAA to say something additional till the case is concluded.”
Henderson, 66, appeared at Cardiff Magistrates’ Courtroom on September 28 and was bailed to look at Cardiff Crown Courtroom on October 26.
Sala’s mom, Mercedes Taffarel, welcomed the information, however was “disenchanted that it has immediately resulted in what could also be an extra vital delay to the inquest into Emiliano’s dying,” in accordance with her authorized agency Hickman and Rose.
“His mom stays determined to know the total reality about how this might have been allowed to occur, and urges the CAA to proceed with its felony prosecution as swiftly as doable, so an inquest will be held to ascertain this, and that related deaths are prevented,” mentioned Daniel Machover from Hickman and Rose.
Sala, 28, died when the aircraft carrying him and pilot David Ibbotson got here down within the Channel on January 21, simply days after he had joined Cardiff Metropolis from Nantes.
He had been Cardiff’s file signing after a charge of £15 million ($19 million) was agreed with Nantes throughout 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.
Preliminary search operations for the participant and pilot had been suspended within the days after the single-engine Piper Malibu aircraft went lacking.
Nevertheless, a crowdfunding effort supported by hundreds of donations, together with from soccer stars reminiscent of Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, helped launch a non-public 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 aircraft or at evening, and that he misplaced management and flew too quick as he tried to keep away from dangerous climate.
The Air Accidents Investigation Department mentioned each the pilot and Sala had been affected by carbon monoxide poisoning earlier than the crash.