The Chronicle



LONDON: A flight operator has admitted a charge over the death of the footballer Emiliano Sala who was killed when a light aircraft crashed in the Channel.

David Henderson admitted that he was the operator when his aircraft took payment for Sala, 28, to fly “without permission or authorisat­ion” from outside Britain.

Sala was on his way to Wales from his French football club Nantes to join Cardiff City in a $28m deal.

Henderson, 67, denies another charge of acting in a “reckless or negligent manner likely to endanger an aircraft” by recruiting a fellow pilot David Ibbotson, 59, to fly the single-engine Piper Malibu from France to Cardiff airport.

Ibbotson allegedly did not have a commercial licence and was “not competent” to fly in bad weather.

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