New details on the tragic death of Emiliano Sala († 28).
According to the English media, the footballer and his driver David Ibbotson (59 years old) were poisoned with carbon monoxide. "Daily Mail" reports that both had been exposed to a high concentration of carbon monoxide before the accident in January 2019.
This emerges from a survey report released Wednesday by the British Aircraft Accident Board (AAIB).
Thus, a potentially fatal level of carbon monoxide saturation has been detected in Sala's blood. So he could have died by the gas and not by the crash. It was likely that this also applied to the pilots – still missing. Depending on the concentration, carbon monoxide can affect the theft of a machine, says the report.
Carbon monoxide (CO), which is very toxic, is a flammable, colorless and odorless gas. Poisoning can lead to headaches, dizziness, nausea and loss of consciousness, including death by suffocation.
Emiliano Sala was crushed on 21 January after his transfer from Nantes to the first division club of Cardiff City in a private plane over the English Channel. The next day, Sala should have completed her first training for her new club.
After the disappearance of the Piper PA-46P Malibu light aircraft, rescue teams around the Anglo-Norman island of Guernsey were feverishly looking for the wreckage. Only two weeks later, they finally found the wreck, much too late for Sala and pilot David Ibbotson († 59). Sala's body was discovered a little later.
Until now, icy wings were considered the most likely cause of the accident.