The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said Thursday it had indicted a man in connection with the death of Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala in a light aircraft crash last year.
“The UK Civil Aviation Authority launched a criminal prosecution against David Henderson in January 2019 for crimes related to the fatal light aircraft accident over the English Channel,” said CAA Director Richard Stephenson in a statement posted on the regulator’s website.
“It will be inappropriate for the CAA to say anything further until the case is closed.”
Henderson, 66, appeared in Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on September 28 and was released on bail on Cardiff Crown Court on October 26.
Sala’s mother, Mercedes Taffarel, welcomed the news but was “disappointed that this has resulted in another significant delay in the investigation into Emiliano’s death today,” according to her law firm, Hickman and Rose.
“His mother remains desperate to learn the full truth about how this could have happened and urges the CAA to continue their prosecution as soon as possible so that an investigation can be conducted into this and the like Detecting deaths prevented, “said Daniel Machover of Hickman and Rose.
Sala, 28, died when the plane landed in the canal with him and pilot David Ibbotson on January 21, just days after coming from Nantes to Cardiff City.
It had been Cardiff’s record signing after a £ 15 million ($ 19 million) fee was agreed with Nantes during the January transfer window.
After Sala traveled to Cardiff to close the deal, he returned to France to collect things and say goodbye to his teammates.
On his return to the Welsh capital to attend his first training session, the tragedy struck.
Initial searches for the player and the pilot were suspended in the days following the disappearance of the single-engine Piper Malibu aircraft.
However, a crowdfunding drive backed by thousands of donations including soccer stars like Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe helped start a private search.
On that particular search, Sala’s body was recovered from the rubble in February, but Ibbotson’s body was not found.
Two months after Sala’s body was discovered, his father Horacio Sala died of a heart attack in Argentina.
British aviation accident investigators concluded in March that Ibbotson was not licensed to fly the aircraft or at night and that he lost control and was flying too fast to avoid inclement weather.
The Aircraft Accident Investigation Department announced that both the pilot and Sala were affected by carbon monoxide poisoning prior to the crash.
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