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Family of Emiliano Sala say they are still awaiting answers over his death two years on

The family of footballer Emiliano Sala say they are still awaiting 'answers' behind his death as they mark two years since the aircraft he was in crashed into the English Channel. 

The Argentinian striker, 28, was travelling from FC Nantes in France to Cardiff City for a club record £15million fee on January 21, 2019.

But the single-engine Piper Malibu plane carrying him across the Channel crashed north of Guernsey.

The family of footballer Emiliano Sala say they are still awaiting 'answers' as they mark two years after his death 

The Argentinian striker was travelling on a single-engine Piper Malibu plane from France when it crashed near Guernsey

His body was recovered the following month, but the aircraft's unqualified pilot, David Ibbotson, 59, from Crowle, Lincolnshire, has not been found.

David Henderson, who is alleged to have arranged the flight, is due to stand trial in October accused of endangering the safety of an aircraft, as well as attempting to discharge a passenger without valid permission or authorisation.

An inquest into Sala's death cannot take place until proceedings involving Mr Henderson are completed.

But the footballer's family say they want a start date from senior coroner for Dorset, Rachael Griffin, in order to avoid 'another bleak anniversary'.

David Henderson (pictured), who is alleged to have arranged the flight, is due to stand trial in October

On Thursday, Daniel Machover, a lawyer who represents the family, said: 'It is a tragedy that two years have passed since Emiliano's death and we still do not know exactly how and why he died.

'An inquest is the only way to establish the full truth.

'I very much hope that the Dorset Coroner will now set a date for the inquest to start immediately after David Henderson's trial, so that Emiliano's family do not have to endure another bleak anniversary with no answers.'

The aircraft's unqualified pilot, David Ibbotson (pictured), 59, from Crowle, Lincolnshire, has not been found

A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) previously concluded that the aircraft suffered an in-flight break-up while being flown too fast for its design limits, and that the pilot lost control while attempting to avoid bad weather.

It added that Mr Ibbotson was probably affected by carbon monoxide poisoning.

Investigators found that a contributory factor in the crash was Mr Ibbotson having no training in night flying, and a lack of recent practice in relying only on cockpit instruments to control a plane.

And they found that he held a private pilot's licence that did not allow him to conduct flights for reward.

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