The businessman who organised a flight that crashed, killing footballer Emiliano Sala, has been jailed for 18 months for endangering the security of an plane.
David Henderson, 67, was convicted by a majority verdict of 10 to 2 at Cardiff Crown Courtroom final month.
The airplane carrying 28-year-old Sala crashed into the English Channel on the night of 21 January 2019, killing the striker and pilot David Ibbotson, 59.
The participant had been travelling to his new membership, Cardiff Metropolis.
Henderson, a father-of-three and former RAF officer, had organized the flight with soccer agent William ‘Willie’ McKay.
He had requested Mr Ibbotson to fly the airplane as he was away on vacation in Paris together with his spouse.
Mr Ibbotson, who frequently flew for him, didn’t maintain a business pilot’s licence, a qualification to fly at night time, and his score to fly the single-engine Piper Malibu had expired.
Simply moments after discovering out the airplane had gone down, Henderson texted various folks telling them to remain silent – warning it might “open a can of worms”.
He admitted in court docket he feared an investigation into his enterprise dealings.