The British Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said on Thursday it had indicted a man for breaches of air navigation laws in its investigation into the crash that claimed the life of footballer Emiliano Sala in 2019.

The British Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced on Thursday, through its director Richard Stephenson, that it has taken legal action against David Henderson for offenses related to the fatal crash that claimed his life to footballer Emiliano Sala in January 2019. David Henderson, 66, who allegedly played the role of intermediary to organize the theft, is accused of having acted in a "negligent" manner.

He is due in court in Cardiff, Wales on October 26, after a previous British court appearance at the end of September.


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"His mother absolutely needs to know the whole truth" about what happened, almost two years after the crash, reacted the firm Hickman and Rose, which represents Mercedes Taffarel.

The mother of the missing player is, however, "disappointed" that these prosecutions risk delaying the holding of a public inquiry, whose role in the United Kingdom is to establish facts, but not to pronounce sentences.

A disappearance that had moved the football world

The small private plane aboard which the 28-year-old Argentinian player and pilot David Ibbotson were on, crashed in the English Channel on January 21, 2019. The FC Nantes striker was joining Cardiff City club, where he came from '' be transferred for 17 million euros.

The body of the player, whose disappearance had moved the football world, had been found in the carcass of the device, more than two weeks after the accident, at a depth of 67 meters.

The body of the 59-year-old pilot has not been found.

In its final report published last March, the British Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) estimated that the pilot lost control of the aircraft during a maneuver performed at too high a speed, "probably" intended to avoid bad weather to be able to fly on sight.