David Henderson, 67, admitted on Monday that he organized the flight in which the footballer died Emiliano Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson, without permission or authorization from the British authorities.
The prosecution accused him of endangering the aircraft and the people who were traveling in it, as well as operating a commercial aircraft without permission, charges of which only the second has admitted, in the trial that began today in Cardiff.
The plane, which was traveling in January 2019 from Nantes to Cardiff, was occupied by Sala, who had just signed for Cardiff, and by David Ibbotson, the pilot, and crashed in the English Channel. The body of the Argentine striker was recovered next to the fuselage of the plane, while that of the pilot was never found.
Almost three years after the accident, Henderson will have to face a trial, which is estimated to last about ten days, after which another trial will be held to clarify the deaths of Sala and Ibbotson on February 22, 2022.