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Emiliano Sala

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Who was Emiliano Sala ?

The businessman who organized the condemned flight that crashed and killed soccer player Emiliano Sala has been found guilty of endangering the safety of an aircraft.

Emiliano Raúl Sala was an Argentine professional footballer who played as a forward. After playing youth football in Argentina and following a short spell in Portugal’s regional leagues, Sala began his professional career in France with Bordeaux, making his professional debut in February 2012. Wikipedia

David Henderson, 67, of the East Riding of Yorkshire, was found guilty in Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday morning.

Footballer Sala, 28, and pilot David Ibbotson, 59, were killed when the private plane they were flying in fell into the English Channel in January 2019.

Henderson, 67, who was also a pilot, was unavailable to pilot the plane that crashed and killed Sala because he was on vacation in Paris with his wife.

Ibbotson, whom Henderson hired in his place, did not have a commercial pilot license, could not fly at night, and had an expired rating to fly the single-engine Piper Malibu aircraft.

Judge Foxton granted Henderson bail to be re-sentenced for both crimes on November 12.

Disappearance and death


Tributes outside Cardiff City Stadium after Sala’s disappearance

After completing his medical studies in Cardiff, Sala returned to Nantes on Saturday, January 19, on a plane organized by soccer agent Mark McKay. His intention was to return to Cardiff on Monday 21 January to attend his first training session with his new club the following morning. Sala had been invited to attend Cardiff’s game against Newcastle United by coach Neil Warnock, but returned to France to say goodbye to his Nantes teammates and collect his belongings .

On January 21, the Piper Malibu plane, which was flying in Sala from Nantes to Cardiff, disappeared in front of Alderney . The same plane and pilot had flown from Sala to Nantes two days earlier. On January 23, Channel Islands Air Search reported that there was “no hope” of finding survivors in the water.

Also Read: Who is David Henderson?Pilot is GUILTY of Emiliano Sala death

An audio message, allegedly sent from the plane by Sala to his friends via WhatsApp, was broadcast by the Argentine media Olé. The audio message is translated as follows:

Hello my brothers, how are you? Boy, I’m tired. I was here in Nantes taking care of things, things, things, things, things, things, and it never stops, never stops, never stops. Anyway guys, I’m on this plane that looks like it’s falling apart, and I’m going to Cardiff. [It’s] crazy, we start tomorrow. Training in the afternoon, guys, on my new team … Let’s see what happens. So how are you doing, all right? If you don’t hear from me in an hour and a half, I don’t know if they’re going to send someone to look for me because they can’t find me, but you’ll know … Man, I’m scared!


 January 21, 2019, Alderney, Guernsey


 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)




 9 (FC Nantes / Forward), 11 (FC Girondins de Bordeaux), MORE


 Romina Sala, Darío Sala


 Horacio Sala, Mercedes Taffarel

Playing style

Sala claimed that he modeled his style based on his idol, former Argentine international striker Gabriel Batistuta.BBC Sport compared Sala to Jamie Vardy, describing him as “a player who likes wide spaces and being part of a team that has a strong counterattack style”.  A large and powerful forward, he was also recognized for his ability to hold the ball and was described as possessing a “reasonable” pace, he also received praise in the media for his pace of work. , tenacity, eye for goal and ability to finish.

Early life and personal life

Sala was born in the town of Cululú, province of Santa Fe, Argentina, the son of Horacio Sala and Mercedes Taffarel. his father worked as a truck driver; the family later moved to Progreso. He had an Italian passport. He had a brother, Darío, and a sister, Romina. He was a fan of Independiente and, while growing up, he studied images of his favorite soccer player, Gabriel Batistuta. Sala’s father, Horacio, died of a heart attack on April 26, 2019, three months after the death of his son.

David Ibbotson

Sala was involved in a multi-million dollar transfer deal to Cardiff City FC from Nantes FC in 2019 and was traveling between the two clubs at the time of his death.

A plane carrying 28-year-old forward and pilot David Ibbotson fell into the sea near Guernsey on the night of January 21, 2019.

The jury, consisting of seven men and five women, took seven and a half hours to convict Henderson, the aircraft operator, who according to the trial had organized the flight with soccer agent William ‘Willie’ McKay.

Henderson had been accused of wearing a “cowboy outfit” after admitting that he did not keep basic information about the pilots he employed.

The prosecution had alleged that Henderson was “reckless and negligent” in allowing Ibbotson to fly because he was not qualified to fly at night and did not have a commercial pilot license.

Although Henderson admits that he knew Ibbotson only had a private pilot license (PPL), he told Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) investigators and police that he did not know that the pilot did not have a certificate to fly after dark. .

Emiliano Sala Quick and Facts

  • David Henderson found guilty of endangering safety of aircraft at Cardiff Court
  • 67-year-old arranged private plane for footballer Emiliano Sala in January 2019 
  • The aircraft fell into English Channel, killing Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, 59 

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