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UK NewsCarbon monoxide found in Sala's body 'raises questions' over crash

18:10  14 august  2019
18:10  14 august  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

Emiliano Sala 'suffered carbon monoxide poisoning' before plane crash

Emiliano Sala 'suffered carbon monoxide poisoning' before plane crash Air accident investigators discover exposure to gas on Cardiff City striker's body which could have caused a heart attack or seizure

Footballer Emiliano Sala was exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide prior to a fatal plane crash in the English Channel, a report has revealed. Toxicology tests on Sala ' s body showed CO levels in his blood were so great it could have caused a seizure, unconsciousness or a heart attack.

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Footballer Emiliano Sala and his pilot were exposed to harmful levels of carbon monoxide inside the cockpit of their private plane before it crashed into the Channel in January, air accident investigators have said.

Carbon monoxide found in Sala's body 'raises questions' over crash © Other Sala's plane crashed in the Channel in January

The plane went down on 21 January off the coast of Guernsey, killing Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.

Toxicology tests performed on Sala showed a carboxyhaemoglobin (a mixture of carbon monoxide and haemoglobin) saturation level of 58%.

According to investigators, anything over 50% is considered to be "potentially fatal" and could trigger a heart attack, seizure or unconsciousness.

Footballer Sala and pilot likely poisoned by carbon monoxide before plane crash

Footballer Sala and pilot likely poisoned by carbon monoxide before plane crash Argentine football player Emiliano Sala and his pilot were exposed to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide before their small plane crashed in the English Channel, killing them both, air accident British investigators said on Wednesday. Sala, 28, was flying from his previous club Nantes, in western France, to Wales to join Cardiff City when the single-engine Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared over the English Channel in January. His body was recovered when the wreckage of the plane was finally discovered about two weeks later. Pilot David Ibbotson’s body has not been found.

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She said typical blood saturation levels found in carbon monoxide poisonings range from 50 to 60 percent. It will also cover another fatal crash last summer, in which 54-year-old Michael Zagula died when his plane hit trees during low passes over his daughter' s Trapper Creek wedding reception.

They assumed that the pilot would also have been affected by exposure to the gas.

The team of investigators are now working with the aircraft manufacturers and the US National Transportation Safety Board to identify possible ways that carbon monoxide might have entered the aircraft's cabin.

Carbon monoxide found in Sala's body 'raises questions' over crash © Other Sala had just signed for Cardiff City

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) added: "Work is also continuing to investigate pertinent operational, technical, organisational and human factors which might have contributed to the accident."

Carbon monoxide found in Sala's body 'raises questions' over crash © Getty Sala's body was found in the wreckage

Sala's family have also called for the plane's wreckage to be salvaged from the Channel.

In a statement through a lawyer, the Sala family said: "That dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide have been found in Emiliano's body raises many questions for the family.

Cardiff City 'concerned' by report showing Sala was exposed to carbon monoxide

Cardiff City 'concerned' by report showing Sala was exposed to carbon monoxide The AAIB says the pilot of the Argentine's plane was exposed to the poisonous gas before a fatal crash in January

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that has no smell or taste. Breathing it in can make you unwell, and it can kill if you're exposed to high levels. When this happens, the blood is no longer able to carry oxygen, and this lack of oxygen causes the body ' s cells and tissue to fail and die.

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"How he died will be determined at the inquest in due course.

"The family believe that a detailed technical examination of the plane is necessary.

"The family and the public need to know how the carbon monoxide was able to enter the cabin. Future air safety rests on knowing as much as possible on this issue.

"Emiliano's family call on the AAIB to salvage the wreckage of the plane without further delay."

The wreckage of the plane was located on 3 February, and a body was identified as that of the Argentinian footballer.

Sala had signed for Cardiff City from French club Nantes in January for £15m on 18 January.

David Ibbotson, a 59-year-old from north Lincolnshire, flew Sala from Cardiff to Nantes the following day, but the return flight crashed three days later.

The Catch-up: Footballer Sala 'was poisoned' before plane crash.
What happened? Footballer Emiliano Sala was exposed to harmful levels of carbon monoxide before he was killed in a plane crash, accident investigators said today. Tests on the striker’s body found enough evidence of the harmful gas to cause a heart attack, seizure or unconsciousness, the report says. His blood was found to have a 58% Carbon Monoxide reading - a 50% reading can cause death. High levels of CO Sala and pilot David Ibbotson crashed when their Piper Malibu aircraft crashed in the Channel on January 21, three days after he had signed for Cardiff City. Sala’s body was recovered on February 6 but Mr Ibbotson has not been located.

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