David Henderson, 67, had been accused of not following security protocols.
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David Henderson, the businessman who organized the flight that crashed and caused the death of soccer player Emiliano Sala, was found guilty on Thursday by the Cardiff Crown Court of endangering the safety of the aircraft, local media reported.
Henderson, 67, had been accused of failing to follow security protocols that killed Sala, 28, and pilot David Ibbotson, when their plane crashed into the English Channel on a flight from Nantes to Cardiff in January 2019.
Sala’s body, who had signed for Cardiff City on a 15 million pound ($ 20.63 million) transfer a few days earlier, was found a month later, while Ibbotson has yet to recover.
Prosecutor Martin Goudie had argued that Henderson had been “reckless or negligent” in the way he operated the plane, putting his business above the safety of the passengers.
It was previously revealed that Ibbotson, who flew regularly for Henderson, did not have a commercial pilot’s license or a qualification to fly at night.
Henderson was convicted by a 10-2 majority verdict on Sala’s death and will be sentenced on November 12.