Organiser of footballer Emiliano Sala's flight 'knew pilot was not qualified'

David Henderson is charged with endangering the safety of an aircraft.

10/19/2021 10:59:00 PM

David Henderson is charged with endangering the safety of an aircraft.

The court heard how he 'was aware that there were issues with Mr Ibbotson's flying from the start.'

David Henderson, 67, is on trial at Cardiff Crown Court for the flight carrying footballer (Picture: PA)A man on trial over the plane crash that killed Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala organised the flight knowing the pilot he had hired was not qualified, a jury has heard.

Chris Cuomo fired by CNN for helping brother Andrew fight sexual misconduct charges ‘Wall of secrecy’ in Pfizer contracts as company accused of profiteering I'm A Celebrity: 'Keep show in UK to help climate change'

David Henderson, of Hotham in the East Riding of Yorkshire, is charged with endangering the safety of an aircraft.The 67-year-old previously pleaded guilty to attempting to discharge a passenger without valid permission or authorisation.Sala, 28, died when the plane he was travelling in crashed in the English Channel on January 21, 2019. The pilot, David Ibbotson was also killed.

The single-engine Piper Malibu aircraft had been bringing him to Wales ahead of a multimillion pound transfer to Cardiff City from French club Nantes.His body was recovered from the seabed the following month, but neither the body of Mr Ibbotson, from Crowle, Lincolnshire, nor the plane’s wreckage, was recovered.

On Tuesday, Martin Goudie QC, prosecuting, told the jury at Cardiff Crown Court the case involved two flights, one from Cardiff to Nantes on January 19 and a return flight to the Welsh capital on January 21.Footballer Emiliano Sala and the pilot flying the plane both died when the aircraft crashed into the sea off Guernsey in January 2019 (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Mr Goudie said the timing of the flights amid a period when Cardiff City Football Club were in the process of signing Mr Sala was important.He said Henderson had organised them because ‘it was in his financial interest’.The court heard that Henderson had been due to pilot the aircraft which was transporting Sala, but instead went on holiday with his wife to Paris.

As a result, he organised for David Ibbotson, who he had ‘a significant history with and knowledge of’ to pilot the flights.Mr Goudie told the jury that Henderson ‘was aware that there were issues with Mr Ibbotson’s flying from the start’.The court heard how Henderson received a message from another person who had flown with Mr Ibbotson, describing his flying as ‘all over the place’.

In the summer of 2018 he had received an email from the owner of the plane, Fay Keely, saying that Mr Ibbotson should no longer pilot it after she was contacted by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) over two airspace infringements that had happened when Mr Ibbotson was flying.

Chris Cuomo: CNN fires presenter over help he gave politician brother Mandatory vaccinations: Three reasons for and against Afghanistan: Taliban warned against targeting former security forces

The single-engine Piper Malibu aircraft had been bringing Emiliano Sala to Wales as he was joining Cardiff City in a multimillion-pound transfer deal from French club Nantes (Picture: AFP/Getty)Henderson later told Mr Ibbotson in a message: ‘We both have an opportunity to make money out of the business model but not if we upset clients or draw the attention of the CAA.’

Mr Ibbotson and Henderson exchanged messages in the run-up to Christmas about him getting his night rating, with the defendant saying it was an ‘essential investment,’ Mr Goudie said.Further communications show Henderson knew Mr Ibbotson only had a private pilot licence, and that he had still not qualified to fly at night or in bad weather, when he was organising for him to transport Sala a month later in January.

In the run-up to the flight, Henderson messaged Mr Ibbotson asking whether he could fly on his instruments, rather than by sight, due to the bad weather that was forecast.The prosecutor told the court: ‘The response is not that I am qualified and more than competent to do this, but I have done it before and you know I am not qualified.’

Mr Goudie told the court that by organising the flights in an aircraft that was ‘not authorised for such flights and in using a pilot who was neither qualified nor competent to complete’ them, Henderson ‘acted either negligently or recklessly’ in a way that was likely to endanger those on the flight.

He said Henderson ‘ignored certain requirements when it suited him and his business interests.’A jury of seven men and five women have been selected to hear the case.They were chosen after first confirming they were not Cardiff City FC supporters and not regular attendees of matches.

The trial, which is expected to last two weeks, is being heard in front of Mr Justice Foxton, a High Court judge. Read more: Metro »

Unsafe Passage: on board a refugee rescue ship racing for Europe – Guardian documentary

An overcrowded ship with asylum seekers leaves Libya bound for Europe – triggering a high-stakes showdown between a Doctors Without Borders vessel wanting to escort it to safety and the Libyan Coast Guard fighting to turn it back. As the Libyans issue armed threats, tension grows below deck. With European countries’ responsibilities toward refugees once again in the spotlight, here is an inside view of the desperate hope that is the deadly race for Europe

I am working daily, hustling to get the shot done as it isn't so simple to achieve that so called financial freedom, it takes a lot of dedication, patience and consistency, All thanks to Mrs Dereck0111

Pilot organised flight that killed footballer Emiliano Sala for ‘financial interest’David Henderson, 67, is on trial charged with endangering the safety of an aircraft

Emiliano Sala: Man who organised footballer's flight admits one charge ahead of trialThe 28-year-old Argentinian striker died after the plane he was flying in from Nantes, France, to Cardiff crashed over the English Channel in January 2018. Read again!!! Did he die in 2018 or 2019 It says both!!

Inside Dubai hellhole jail holding Brit footballer where inmates are torturedTHE hellhole UAE jail where British footballer Billy Hood is being held is accused of torturing prisoners and leaving them to die from diseases. Activists have previously raised the alarm over Duba…

3 ways rare full moon this week will will affect your sleep - causing insomniaTomorrow a full moon known as the Hunter's Moon will dominate the night sky – and many of us might find it harder to sleep, a phenomenon known as lunar insomnia

Don't let it drop: Peru win the first ever Balloon World Cup – videoInspired by viral videos, footballer Gerard Piqué helped organise the inaugural Balloon World Cup, which was won by Peru Colin Powell, the former US secretary of state who played a pivotal role in attempting to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq, has died from complications from Covid-19 aged 84, it was announced on Monday. I ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʟᴏꜱᴛ ꜱᴏ ᴍᴜᴄʜ ʙɪᴛᴄᴏɪɴ ᴛᴏ ꜰʀᴀᴜᴅꜱ, ᴀɴᴅ ᴘʀᴏᴍɪꜱᴇᴅ ɴᴏᴛ ᴛᴏ ᴛʀᴜꜱᴛ ᴀɴʏ ʙɪᴛᴄᴏɪɴ ᴘʟᴀᴛꜰᴏʀᴍ aɢᴀɪɴ ᴜɴᴛɪʟ ɪ ᴄᴀᴍᴇ ᴀᴄʀᴏꜱꜱ ᴛʜɪꜱ Trade Manager _Ambreymarcus, he helped me recover back all my lost funds now am debt free..

The official reason Kanye West has changed his name to Ye'I am YE.' Does he have mange? Finally, a trendy haircut us balding dudes can get in on