News: Emiliano Sala and pilot exposed to ‘potentially fatal’ levels of carbon monoxide before crash

News: Emiliano Sala and pilot exposed to ‘potentially fatal’ levels of carbon monoxide before crash

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The crash involving the plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala might have been caused by a gas leak, a new report has claimed.

A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has said that a carbon monoxide leak may have incapacitated Mr Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson, of Crowle, Lincolnshire.

The Cardiff City forward had been flying with Mr Ibbotson from Nantes to Cardiff on January 21 this year when air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane near the Channel Islands.

The wreckage was later found approximately 22 miles north west of Guernsey at the bottom of the seabed, as was the body of Mr Sala. Mr Ibbotson’s body has still not been found.

Now tests on Mr Sala’s body have suggested a carbon monoxide leak could have contributed to the crash.

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Blood tests on Mr Sala show he had high amounts of carboxyhaemoglobin (COHb) in his blood, something that is produced when carbon monoxide (CO) is inhaled.

The report sates a COHb level of 50 per cent in a healthy adult is considered to be “potentially fatal” – Mr Sala was shown to have a saturation level of 58 per cent.

Exposure to carbon monoxide can damage the brain, heart and nervous system, with symptoms including drowsiness, blurred vision, shortness of breath, loss of coordination and headaches.

Exposure for prolonged amounts of time or to high amounts of the gas can even lead to seizures, heart attacks and unconsciousness.

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The report, which was released today, Wednesday, August 14, states: “It is clear from the symptoms that exposure to CO can reduce or inhibit a pilot’s ability to fly an aircraft depending on the level of that exposure.”

It adds that as there was no partition between the cabin and cockpit, it is “likely” that Mr Ibbotson would also have been exposed and affected by the carbon monoxide.

It is suggested that piston engine aircaft, such as the Piper PA-46-310P Malibu involved in the accident, produce high amounts of carbon monoxide which are transported thought the exhaust system.

“Poor sealing of the cabin, or leaks into the heating and ventilation system from the exhaust can provide pathways for CO to enter the cabin,” the report states.

It adds that pilots who think there may be a carbon monoxide leak should turn the carbin heat fully off, increase cabin ventilation, open the windows and land as promptly as possible.

The report states that the AAIB is working with the manufacturers of the aircraft and the engine, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to determine exactly how the carbon monoxide entered the cabin.

“Work is also continuing to investigate pertinent operational, technical, organisational and human factors which might have contributed to the accident,” it added.



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