BREAKING NEWS: Sala pilot did not have required licence
- An investigation into the crash that killed Emiliano Sala has found David Ibbotson did not have the correct licences to fly commercially.
David Ibbotson, the pilot in the plane crash that killed footballer Emiliano Sala, did not have the required licence or permissions to fly commercially.
The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) on Friday published its report into the loss of the Piper Malibu aircraft, which crashed over the English Channel on January 21 last year, two days after Sala's move from Nantes to Cardiff City was confirmed.
It found Ibbotson's previous licence for flying that plane had become invalidated in November 2018.
In addition, the aircraft did not have the correct license or permissions to operate.
Sala's body was recovered on February 7, 2019. Ibbotson's body has not been found.
A report released in August said Sala had clearly been exposed to carbon monoxide.
And in publishing their final findings, the AAIB wrote: "At 20:16 hrs (local time), probably while manoeuvring to avoid poor weather, the aircraft was lost from radar and struck the sea 22 nautical miles north-north-west of Guernsey.
"Neither the pilot nor aircraft had the required licences or permissions to operate commercially."Published 13 Mar 2020, 20:16 IST