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Death of Emiliano Sala: carbon monoxide is the cause of the accident

2019-08-14T20:04:11.679Z

New elements appear in the investigation into the death of Emiliano Sala: tests reveal that the Argentine footballer would have been exposed to high doses of carbon monoxide before the crash of his plane. On January 21st, Sala and her ...


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Emiliano Sala during a League match with Nantes against Guingamp, November 4, 2018. Jean-Francois MONIER / AFP

New elements appear in the investigation into the death of Emiliano Sala: tests reveal that the Argentine footballer would have been exposed to high doses of carbon monoxide before the crash of his plane. On January 21st, Sala and his pilot crashed into the Channel as they flew towards Cardiff. The causes of the accident remain uncertain. The lack of qualifications of the pilot or the bad state of the plane were mentioned, but these last tests sketch a beginning of scenario.

Carbon monoxide poisoning. This is what blood samples from Emiliano Sala reveal. The footballer has been exposed to potentially lethal doses of this poisonous gas.

And it's probably the same for the pilot, say the British investigators, but it is impossible to know for sure. Unlike the footballer, the body of the driver Dave Ibbotson was not found.

If these results advance the record, it is because the inhalation of carbon monoxide can cause dizziness, drowsiness, unconsciousness and even death. What " reduce or inhibit the capabilities of the pilot, " says the British Air Accidents Office.

But how did this gas enter the cabin? We know that the crash plane is particularly at risk because it produces a lot of carbon monoxide. A leak or a leak in the exhaust system could be involved.

Emiliano Sala's family now wants explanations on this issue, but the final investigation report is not expected until early 2020.

To read also: Football: Emiliano Sala, a disappearance in the prime of life

Source: rfi

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