UK NewsCardiff City 'concerned' by report Emiliano Sala was exposed to carbon monoxide
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.
Cardiff City is "concerned" by the results of the latest report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch into the death of soccer star Emiliano Sala.
The Argentine striker, along with pilot David Ibbotson, went missing when their plane crashed over the English Channel in January, days after his move to the Premier League club from Nantes was announced.
Sala's body later was recovered from the wreckage, but Ibbotson has not been found but is presumed dead.
A report from the AAIB released Wednesday said Ibbotson was "likely" to have been exposed to carbon monoxide before the crash, while toxicology tests on Sala showed clear signs of exposure to the poisonous gas.
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%.
Cardiff says the latest findings show the plane carrying Sala was "not appropriate".
A club spokesperson said: "CCFC is concerned at the AAIB's latest report which once again highlights that the aircraft used for Emiliano Sala was not appropriate.
"We continue to believe that those who were instrumental in arranging its usage are held to account for this tragedy."
The AAIB, meanwhile, has responded to calls from Sala's family to recover the plane's wreckage.
"The reasons for our decision not to recover the aircraft wreckage have been explained in detail to both families concerned," the organization said in a statement.
"In February our underwater search operation successfully located the wreckage, recovered the passenger's body and captured substantial video evidence from the scene using a remotely operated vehicle. It was not possible at the time to recover the wreckage.
"We have carefully considered the feasibility and merits of returning to attempt to recover the wreckage. In this case, we consider that it will not add significantly to the investigation and we will identify the correct safety issues through other means.
"In making our decision, we took into account the high cost of underwater recovery, the evidence we collected in February and the risk that, after a violent impact with the sea, the wreckage would not yield definitive evidence."
Sala suffered carbon monoxide poisoning before plane crash, report says.
Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala signed for Cardiff City from French club Nantes for £15 million on January 18. Mr Ibbotson, 59, of Crowle, Lincolnshire, flew Sala from Cardiff to Nantes the following day. The return flight – which crashed in the Channel – was on January 21. Sala’s body was recovered on February 6 but Mr Ibbotson has not been located. The aircraft remains underwater off the coast of Guernsey after an attempt to recover it was hampered by bad weather.