Emiliano Sala: Late Argentine striker was exposed to poison before his plane crashing

Emiliano Sala: Late Argentine striker was exposed to poison before his plane crashing, Fred Kennedy
August 15, 2019 at 7:58 AM

- Emiliano Sala was exposed to carboxyhemoglobin before crashing into the English Channel early this year

- The Argentine forward was enroute his new club in a private jet before the crash

- Sala became Cardiff City's record signing in January, arriving from Nantes

Late Argentine striker Emiliano Sala is said to have been exposed to flammable gas (carbon monoxide) before his plane crashed into the English Channel earlier this year.

The 28-year-old became Cardiff City's record signing after joining the then Premier League side in a deal worth £15 million from Nantes in January 2018.

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He was enroute to the his new club in a private jet with his pilot David Ibbotson who lost control of the aircraft leading to their untimely death,

However, after toxicology tests were carried out on his body, it was revealed that the late striker was exposed to a high level of CO (58%) - which could have caused seizure and unconsciousness or a heart attack according to BBC.

Sala family's lawyer Daniel Machover of Hickman & Rose solicitors said the report raised further questions.

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"The family believe that a detailed technical examination of the plane is necessary," he was quoted saying.
"The family and the public need to know how the carbon monoxide was able to enter the cabin. Future air safety rests on knowing as much as possible on this issue.," he further submitted.

It would be recalled that Ibbotson's body has not been found seven months into his disappearance after the crash.

But it is likely he would also have been exposed to carbon monoxide, according to Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) lead inspector Geraint Herbert.

BBC further reported that investigation into the crash is ongoing and may not be ready for publication until early 2020.

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Fred Kennedy has a Bachelor's degree in journalism (Daystar University), currently working as a Sports Editor. He has more than five years of experience in digital journalism.