Emiliano Sala: North Yorkshire man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter

Mail Online | 5/19/2020 | Danyal Hussain For Mailonline
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A pilot has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by detectives investigating the death of Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala.

Sala, 28, was travelling from Nantes to Cardiff on a Piper PA-46 Malibu light aircraft, which had been arranged for him by private pilot David Henderson, when it crashed into the sea near Alderney on January 21.

Mr - Henderson - Yesterday - Dorset - Police

Mr Henderson was arrested yesterday by Dorset Police and has since been released from custody and is under investigation, The Times reported.

The footballer died from massive injuries to his head and chest and could only be identified by his fingerprints.

Mr - Henderson - Pilot - Sala - Return

Mr Henderson had organised for a fellow pilot to pick up Sala who was on a return trip from France.

The pilot Dave Ibbotson, 59, who Mr Henderson was said to have hired for the job wasn't found in the wreckage, which was discovered on February 3.

Accident - Mr - Ibbotson - Passengers - Night

Following the accident it was revealed that Mr Ibbotson should not have been carrying commercial passengers - as he was not qualified to fly at night.

Today, Dorset Police revealed that a 64-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act as part of the investigation into the crash.

Crash - Media - Pilot - David - Henderson

Following the crash, French media reported pilot David Henderson, in his early 60s, from York was flying the missing Piper Malibu PA-46, which disappeared near the Channel Islands on Monday night.

He was registered as the pilot for the flight but later took to Facebook to confirm he was alive.

Night - MailOnline - David - Henderson - Home

Last night MailOnline tried to contact David Henderson at his home in York, however there was no response from the property and neighbours said he and his wife had head out earlier in the evening for dinner.

Neighbours in the village of Hotham said the couple didn't seem to be worried about anything.

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