The businessman who organised the fatal crash involving footballer Emiliano Sala has been found guilty of endangering the safety of an aircraft.

David Henderson, 67, was convicted by a majority jury verdict of 10 to two at Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday.

The Argentine striker, 28, was on board a plane which crashed off Alderney on the evening of January 21, 2019, having agreed to join Cardiff City from Nantes.

He sent a message while on board the private plane voicing fears about the safety of the flight before dying in the English Channel along with pilot David Ibbotson, 59.

It took the jury seven and a half hours to convict Henderson, the aircraft operator, who the trial heard had arranged the flight with football agent William ‘Willie’ McKay.

He had asked Mr Ibbotson to fly the plane as he was away on holiday with his wife in Paris.

Mr Ibbotson, who regularly flew for him, did not hold a commercial pilot’s licence, a qualification to fly at night, and his rating to fly the single-engine Piper Malibu had expired.

Just moments after finding out the plane had gone down, Henderson texted a number of people telling them to stay silent and warning it would ‘open a can of worms’, the court heard.

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