David Henderson has been found guilty of endangering the flight which killed Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala.

The footballer, 28, and pilot David Ibbotson died on 21 January 2019 after their plane, which was travelling from Nantes to Cardiff, crashed into the English Channel.

Henderson was accused of failing to adhere to safety protocols while arranging the flight.

The 67-year-old denied acting in a reckless or negligent manner, but a jury found him guilty on Thursday.

Henderson hired Ibbotson despite the pilot not having a commercial license and not being allowed to fly at night. A court also heard Ibbotson, 59, was "not competent" to fly in bad weather.

Henderson was also accused of employing Ibbotson in the knowledge his license to fly the N264DB plan had expired.

The single-engine Piper Malibu went down north of Guernsey in stormy conditions.

David Henderson

Sala's body was recovered by a private salvage operation one month after the crash. He was travelling to the United Kingdom after joining Cardiff in a £15million transfer.

The body of Ibbotson, of Crowle, Lincolnshire, has not yet been recovered.

After the tragic event, Henderson sent texts saying: "B***** disaster. There will be an enquiry."

Prosecutor Martin Goudie QC previously told the court Henderson ran an "incompetent, undocumented, risk creating and dishonest" enterprise.

The defence claimed the accused had fallen foul of a "paperwork issue" and insisted Ibbotson's ability as a pilot was not affected by his lack of a commercial license.

Henderson will be sentenced on 12 November.

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