Emiliano Sala: Dorset Police to take no further action

Emiliano Sala: Dorset Police to take no further action

Published by George Sharpe at 12:09pm 11th March 2020. (Updated at 2:18pm 13th March 2020)

A 64-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Detectives investigating into the death of professional footballer, Emiliano Sala have confirmed that Dorset Police will not be taking any further action against a man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

On Monday 21st January 2019 a plane carrying Mr Sala and pilot David Ibbotson was flying from Nantes to Cardiff when it lost contact with Air Traffic Control just north of Guernsey.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says the plane crash that killed footballer Emiliano Sala was caused when the aircraft broke up while being flown too fast for its design limits - and pilot David Ibbotson was probably affected by carbon monoxide poisoning.

Mr Sala's body was brought to Portland Port on Thursday 7th February 2019 when Detectives from Dorset Police began carrying out enquiries into the circumstances of the death on behalf of the coroner.

Investigations also involved an enquiry into whether there was evidence of a third part involved in the death of Mr Sala's death.

Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team, says: 

"We have carried out a detailed examination into the circumstances of Mr Sala's death, this has been a complex investigation involving the examination of a large amount of evidence and in liaison with a range of organisations.

"We have worked closely with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) during our investigation and we are now able to confirm that Dorset Police will not be seeking a formal charging decision by the CPS in relation to homicide offences."

A 64-year-old man from North Yorkshire was arrested in suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act on Wednesday 19th June 2019. No further action will be taken against him.

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Detective Inspector Huxter adds:

"An investigation into the operation of the flight continues and this is being led by the CAA and therefore it would be inappropriate for us to make any further comment at this time.

"We have updated the family of Mr Sala and Mr Ibbotson with regard to this development and it goes without saying that our thoughts remain with them, as a result of their unimaginable loss.

"Dorset Police will continue to support the investigation being carried out by the CAA and carry out enquiries on behalf of HM Coroner as part of the inquest process in the hope that the answers that the families of both men seek are provided, which is nothing short of what they thoroughly deserve."