Emiliano Sala would have died from inhaling carbon monoxide before the plane falls in the English ChannelAugust 14, 2019
On January 21 Emiliano Sala He was flying to Cardiff to join his new team after saying goodbye to his former Nantes teammates. On the way, the plane fell into the English Channel and so far the autopsy had determined that his death had been due to the impact of the crash.
The British Air Accident Investigation Division (AAIB) determined that the cockpit of the Piper Malibu plane in which Emiliano Sala was traveling was filled with carbon monoxide before falling to the bottom of the English Channel.
The Piper Malibu plane in which Emiliano Sala was traveling at the bottom of the English Channel. (Photo: AFP).
It is estimated that an engine failure or a badly sealed aircraft allowed the entry of this molecule that, breathed at high levels, can be mortal.
"This Special Bulletin contains relevant medical information with respect to the accident to highlight the implications and (to inform) the aviation community in general, "the report of the British agency begins.
Toxicological tests indicate that the Cardiff striker was exposed to such a high amount of gas that this could have caused him a heart attack or having left it unconscious before impact on water.
The first sheet of the AAIB report.
"From the symptoms, it is clear that exposure to CO (carbon monoxide) can reduce or inhibit the flight capacity of the pilot of the aircraft depending on the level of that exposure," says the letter implying that the pilot would have suffered the effects of gas.
On February 7, the lifeless body of the soccer player was found. (Photo: AP / Steve Parsons).
It is clear that the body of Dave Ibbotson, pilot of the aircraft, was never found and, in the first instance, he stopped looking for himself at the request of his relatives. "We prefer that his remains rest in the water," his wife had declared. Then, a collection was organized to continue the search, which did not give positive results.
"Passenger blood toxicology tests showed a carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) at the saturation level of the 58%, product of the combination of carbon monoxide (CO) with hemoglobin, the molecule of the protein that carries the oxygen located in the red blood cells, "notes the AAIB report on Emiliano Sala. In addition, the report indicates that if that saturation level exceeds 50% it can cause seizures, unconsciousness and even a heart attack.
In closing the report, the AAIB ensures that "He is working with the aircraft and engine manufacturers to identify how CO could enter the aircraft cabin". In addition, they point out that also "They will investigate the human factors that could have contributed to the accident."
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