WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Mar 30, 2019, 12.23 AM
David Ibbotson, who was the pilot of the plane carrying Premier League footballer Emiliano Sala, was not authorised to fly at night, the British media reported.
As per the reports, the pilot was colour blind that automatically disqualified him from night flights.
Although, Britain's Civil Aviation Authority did not confirm the report, saying only that an investigation was still underway.
The Air Accident Investigations Branch said, "Licensing continues to be a focus of the AAIB's safety investigation, but matters of legality are an issue for the regulator." And also said licensing "continues to be a focus" of its investigations.
As per the European aviation rules, the night is the time from half an hour after sunset until half an hour before sunrise.
Flight plans indicate the flight scheduled to take the Argentine player had been due to leave Nantes airport at 9 am on January 21 but it was postponed until 7 pm on Sala's request.