The Civil Aviation Authority has charged David Henderson with the fatal light plane crash which killed footballer Emiliano Sala.
Emiliano had just signed with Cardiff City when he died after an aircraft crashed into the English Channel in January last year. CAA accused Henderson, 66, for acting in a “reckless/negligent” way and charged him with two offences under the Air Navigation Order.
CAA director Richard Stephenson said: “The UK Civil Aviation Authority has commenced a prosecution of David Henderson for offences associated with the fatal light aircraft accident over the English Channel in January 2019.
“It will be inappropriate for the CAA to say anything further until the case is concluded.“
The 28-year-old footballer and pilot David Ibbotson, 59, crashed on in a US-registered Piper Malibu PA-46 aircraft on their way from France to Wales. Sala`s body was found in the wreckage off Guernsey by the pilot`s body was never found.
The single-engine aircraft “suffered an in-flight break-up while manoeuvring at an airspeed significantly in excess of its design manoeuvring speed,” investigators found.
Sala’s mother, Mercedes Taffarel, welcomed David Henderson`s prosecution but was disappointed it will significantly lengthen the inquest into her son`s death.
She “remains desperate to know the full truth about how this could have been allowed to happen, and urges the CAA to proceed with its criminal prosecution as swiftly as possible, so an inquest can be held to establish this, and that similar deaths are prevented.”