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Football player Sala was poisoned by carbon monoxide before a plane crash

The United Kingdom's Aviation Accident Investigation Department released new data on the tragic death of Argentinean football player Emiliano Sala Football player Sala

Football player Sala was poisoned by carbon monoxide before a plane crash

The United Kingdom's Aviation Accident Investigation Department released new data on the tragic death of Argentinean football player Emiliano Sala, who crashed on a plane in January while flying from Nantes to Cardiff. The organization’s report says that the athlete was poisoned by carbon monoxide before the crash.

There are new details of the death of the Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala, who died as a result of a plane crash in January of this year. The United Kingdom's Aviation Accident Investigation Division (AIBB), which investigates the matter, published a report on its official website stating that athlete and pilot of a light aircraft David Ibbotson were most likely exposed to carbon monoxide.

According to the document, a toxicological examination found that Sala's blood saturation with carboxyhemoglobin (a combined product of carbon monoxide and haemoglobin) was 58% - a lethal dose. The material, in addition, notes that a level of blood saturation with carboxyhemoglobin of already 50% or more is considered potentially fatal to a healthy person.
Since the pilot’s body was not found in the course of search and rescue operations, it cannot be precisely stated that Ibbotson was also poisoned. However, the investigation believes that he was unlikely to avoid the effects of carbon monoxide, since the model of the Piper PA-46 Malibu aircraft, which was controlled by the pilot, does not provide for separation between the cabin and the cabin.
In the report, the organization also described the symptoms that occur in a person after partial carbon monoxide poisoning. It is noted that at 50% saturation, the poisoner may experience cramps, various respiratory disorders and other serious ailments, which in some cases lead to coma, paralysis, heart attack and, as is often the case with severe poisoning, can be fatal.
According to the investigation, a high level of carbon monoxide in the blood could directly affect the condition of the pilot and lead to disaster.
“Carbon monoxide is easily combined with haemoglobin and slows down the delivery of oxygen to organs, which affects the work of body parts whose functioning is directly dependent on oxygen. Based on these symptoms, it is obvious that exposure to carbon monoxide can reduce or inhibit the pilot’s ability to fly an aircraft depending on the level of exposure, ”the report says.
As for the possible causes of carbon monoxide in an aeroplane, the investigation continues to work in this direction. This was told by the representative of AIBB Gerant Herbert.
“The investigation continues to elucidate various aspects related to this accident, but in particular we are exploring possible ways in which carbon monoxide can enter the cabin of this type of aircraft,” he explained.

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The expert also noted that the organization continues to investigate the relevant operational, technical, organizational and human factors that could lead to this disaster.
Recall that the plane in which Sala was flying from the French Nantes airport to Welsh Cardiff on January 21. After some time, the aircraft disappeared from radar in the area of ​​Guernsey. Almost immediately, the authorities of Great Britain, France and the Channel Islands initiated a search and rescue operation, which so yielded no results and was curtailed after three days. Rescuers were sure that the chances of finding a pilot and player alive are extremely small.
Prior to this, the commission to search for the missing suggested that they could well land on the water.
Subsequently, the relatives of the Argentinean managed to raise funds to continue the search for a football player. The wreckage of the aircraft was eventually discovered on the English Channel on February 3 as a result of a search operation conducted by employees of a private company with AIBB. Fragments of Sala’s body were raised, but rescuers did not find the remains of a 60-year-old pilot among the wreckage.
Sala, 28, moved from Nantes to Cardiff City for a winter transfer window for € 17 million, becoming the most expensive acquisition in the history of the Welsh club. January 21, when he went to Wales, the football player had to complete his transfer. Three months after the death of Sala, his father died as a result of a heart attack.

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