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The person who organised Emiliano Sala's flight has been jailed

Mudeet Arora
David Henderson has been jailed for organising Emiliano Sala's flight that led to his death
David Henderson has been jailed for organising Emiliano Sala's flight that led to his death / LOIC VENANCE/GettyImages
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David Henderson, the man who organised the flight that led to footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson's demise in January 2019, has been imprisoned for 18 months.

Sala was aboard his flight from Nantes to Cardiff city in the Premier League following his transfer to the English club when the plan carrying him and the pilot crashed into the English Channel.

Henderson, who organised Sala's flight was arrested in June 2019 and last month, was found guilty in recklessly ignoring the safety of the aircraft.

On Friday, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison and was also charged with arranging a flight for a passenger without proper permissions.

Henderson was actually the one who was supposed to fly Sala to England but he was on holiday in Paris, with his wife at that time, hence he asked Ibbotson to take over the duty. Moreover, his license to fly the aircraft that crashed on that night had also expired, which makes it more of an offence.

The judge, Mr Justice Foxton said the Henderson had shown "a cavalier attitude" and not kept even the most 'basic of records.'

Mr. Foxton added that Henderson had broken Civil Aviation Authority regulations "for reason of profit", and was "reckless, not merely negligent".

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