Footballer exposed to carbon monoxide before fatal plane crash

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Footballer Emiliano Sala was exposed to ‘harmful levels of carbon monoxide’ before the plane he was on crashed, killing him and the pilot.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has released a preliminary report into the crash, and said toxicology tests on Sala’s body found CO levels in his blood were so great it could have caused a seizure, unconsciousness or a heart attack.

“It is considered likely that the pilot (David Ibbotson) would also have been exposed to carbon monoxide,” the AAIB said.

Sala, 28, was flying from his previous club Nantes in western France to Wales to join Cardiff City when the Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared over the English Channel.

The wreckage was finally located following a privately funded search and his body was recovered three days later.

Mr Ibbotson’s body has not been found.

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