Man arrested over deaths of footballer Emiliano Sala and Doncaster area pilot David Ibbotson

A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in relation to a fatal plane crash which claimed the lives of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala and Crowle pilot David Ibbotson.

Wednesday, 19th June 2019, 8:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 19th June 2019, 8:37 pm
David Ibbotson.



David Ibbotson.

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A spokesperson for Dorset Police said a 64-year-old man from North Yorkshire had been arrested and released while investigations continue.

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The force added the families of the two men who died had been informed.

Mr Sala, aged 28, had been travelling from Nantes to Cardiff on January 21 when the plane he was in lost contact with air traffic control north of Guernsey.

Emiliano Sala. (Photo credit should read JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)

His body was recovered in February but Mr Ibbotson's has never been found.

Mr Sala's body was brought to Portland and Dorset Police has been carrying out inquiries on behalf of the coroner.

Det Insp Simon Huxter, of the force's major crime investigation team, said: "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."