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UK NewsEmiliano Sala 'suffered carbon monoxide poisoning' before plane crash

19:00  14 august  2019
19:00  14 august  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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.

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. Sala , 28, and pilot David Ibbotson crashed on 21 January while travelling to Cardiff from Nantes in France. Toxicology tests on Sala 's body showed CO

Carbon monoxide poisoning occurs when carbon monoxide builds up in your bloodstream. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be particularly dangerous for people who are sleeping or intoxicated. People may have irreversible brain damage or even die before anyone realizes there's a problem.

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Emiliano Sala was exposed to harmful levels of carbon monoxide before he was killed in a plane crash, air accident investigators have found.

The Argentine striker was travelling in a Piper Malibu aircraft when it crashed into the Channel after joining Cardiff City from French club Nantes in January.

It is likely that pilot David Ibbotson was also "affected to some extent" by exposure to carbon monoxide, the document added.

Tests on Sala's body found enough evidence of the harmful gas to cause a heart attack, seizure or unconsciousness, an interim report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said.

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

Cardiff City 'concerned' by report Emiliano Sala was exposed to carbon monoxide Sala likely was exposed to carbon monoxide before a fatal plane crash, investigators say. Cardiff City is "concerned" by the findings.

Carbon monoxide poisoning typically occurs from breathing in carbon monoxide (CO) at excessive levels. Symptoms are often described as "flu-like" and commonly include headache, dizziness

The plane carrying the missing Cardiff City player and pilot David Ibbotson has been found.

The AAIB said the gas can "reduce or inhibit a pilot's ability to fly an aircraft depending on the level of that exposure".

'Many questions'

Sala, who was 28, signed for Cardiff for a club record £15million on January 18 before being killed after after it crashed in the Channel three days later.

Daniel Machover, a lawyer for Sala's family, said the finding "raises many questions."

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

The AAIB said it was working with the aircraft and engine manufacturers and the National Transportation Safety Board in the US "to identify possible pathways through which CO might enter the cabin of this type of aircraft.

Carbon monoxide found in Sala's body 'raises questions' over crash

Carbon monoxide found in Sala's body 'raises questions' over crash 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. © 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%.

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. Every year there are around 60 deaths from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in England and Wales.

Understanding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning . CO poisoning is a major public health crisis which Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas which can kill and cause permanent brain damage. Too often people who suffer carbon monoxide poisoning think they are suffering food poisoning .

"Work is also continuing to investigate pertinent operational, technical, organisational and human factors which might have contributed to the accident."

Aircraft produces high levels of CO

Piston engine aircraft such as the Piper Malibu involved in the Sala crash produce high levels of carbon monoxide, the report said.

The gas is normally conveyed away from the aircraft through the exhaust system but poor sealing or leaks into the heating and ventilation system can enable it to enter the cabin.

Several devices are available to alert pilots over the presence of carbon monoxide.

The AAIB said they are not mandatory but can "alert pilots or passengers to a potentially deadly threat".

Additional reporting by agencies

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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