Man, 64, arrested over soccer star Emiliano Sala’s death. Sala Argentine’s footballer along with his pilot David Ibbotson, aged 59 died in a plane crash earlier this year.
Dorset Police spokesperson said they arrested a 64-year old man from North Yorkshire and later released as investigations proceeds. Police also said the two families of the deceased were informed of the latest developments.
On January 21 Sala aged 28 was on his way to Cardiff from Nantes and along the way, the plane lost contact with air traffic control north of Guernsey and it crashed.
In February Emiliano Sala body was recovered after various attempts, however, his pilot’s body was never recovered until today.
Dorset Police immediately started investigating the matter on behalf of coroner after Sala’s the body was taken to Portland.
Dorset Police Major Crime Investigation Team, Detective Inspector Simon Huxter said that they are working hard to find out whether there was any criminal attempt in Sala’s death.
As part of this investigation, we have to consider whether there is any evidence of any suspected criminality and as a result of our inquiries we have today, Wednesday 19 June 2019, arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act. He is assisting with our inquiries and has been released from custody under investigation.
He, however, asked the people to allow them to carry out their investigations by not guessing the man’s identity because it will interrupt their inquiries.
Emiliano Sala and his pilot Mr Ibbotson from Crowle, Lincolnshire were travelling to FC Nantes to say farewell to his former teammates after signing a new contract with Cardiff City.
On 24 January the official search team were stopped from their operations after they were informed by Guernsey’s harbour that Sala’s chances of survival had lessened.
Later on, after the search resumed, and Sala’s plane wreckage was found in the English Channel 220ft (67m) down on 3 rd February 2019 by shipwreck hunter Mearns.