THE family of tragic Emiliano Sala has demanded to know ‘the full truth’ about the Cardiff striker’s death.

In a statement to mark the second anniversary of the fatal air crash that claimed the life of the 28-year-old Argentine, the family’s lawyer called for a formal inquest to be held after the trial of charter pilot David Henderson.

Emiliano Sala's family have demanded a formal inquest after David Henderson's trial


Emiliano Sala’s family have demanded a formal inquest after David Henderson’s trialCredit: AFP

Henderson denied endangering the safety of an aircraft and attempting to discharge a passenger without valid permission or authorisation when he appeared before Cardiff Crown Court in October.

The 66-year-old is alleged to have arranged the flight from Nantes to Cardiff that crashed into the Channel near Guernsey and took the lives of Sala and the pilot, David Ibbotson.

His trial has been set for this October and lawyer Daniel Machover, on behalf of the family, urged swift action by the UK authorities.

Machover 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 statement comes one month after former Man United star Fabio revealed he spoke to Sala on the afternoon of his tragic death.

Fabio said: “In the afternoon he was going to take the plane, he asked me so many things about Cardiff, because he knew I had played there.

“I told him that anything he needed or wanted from me, he could text me. And then, in the morning, when I heard the news, it was shocking.

“Before he signed he asked me and I told him how the fans were, how everyone is in the stadium, how the club works.

“He was such a professional and to be honest, I was happy for him, because I knew Cardiff fans would have loved him. He was a fantastic character.”

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