The footballer Emiliano Sala was exposed to a high carbon monoxide content before a fatal plane crash in the English Channel.
Sala and pilot David Ibbotson crashed on Jan. 21 as they traveled from the French city to Cardiff, Nantes.
Toxicological studies on Sala's body revealed that the levels of CO in his blood were so high that he could have caused a seizure, unconsciousness, or heart attack.
Mr. Ibbotson from Crowle, North Lincolnshire, still has not been found
However, it is likely that he was also exposed to carbon monoxide, according to the Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) report.
Sala's blood had a COHb level (carboxyhemoglobin) of 58% – a level at which symptoms appeared. Among other things, the report states: seizure, unconsciousness and heart attack.
"A COHb greater than 50% in an otherwise healthy human is generally considered potentially fatal."
Geraint Herbert, head of the AAIB Aircraft Accident Department, believes both men were exposed to the gas before the plane crashed.
"Symptoms at low levels of exposure [to carbon monoxide] may be drowsiness and dizziness, but if levels of exposure increase, it can lead to unconsciousness and death," he added. Emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art…7805 & lang = DE In the context of this accident, it is specifically investigated how carbon monoxide is used in these types of aircraft can get into the cabin AAIB published this photo of the wreck of the Piper Malibu
Sola Sala's lawyer, Daniel Machover of Hickman & Rose Solicitors, said the report raises further questions.
"The family believes that a detailed technical inspection of the aircraft is necessary," he said.
"The family and the public need to know how carbon monoxide has invaded the cabin, and future aviation security is based on knowing as much as possible about the problem."
The plane carrying the Argentine striker – Cardiff City's 15 million pound record – flew into contact with the radar near Guernsey on January 19, just two days before the crash, and returned to Nantes in the northwest France to say goodbye to his former teammates.
An official search was aborted on Jan. 24 after Guernsey's harbourmaster declared the chances of survival "remote".
An online call was launched, however, by Sala's agent collecting £ 324,000 (€ 371,000) for a private search led by marine scientist and oceanographer David Mearns.
Sala's body was returned to Argentina after a privately funded search on February 7 from the wreckage of the Piper Malibu N264DB.
Mr. Ibbotson was still not found, but it was found that he was not qualified for night flights.