Emiliano Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson were apparently exposed to extremely dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
According to Sky Sports News, the levels that were discovered in the toxicology report from the autopsy carried out on Sala’s body.
The report showed that the levels were so high, that it could have caused, a heart attack, seizure or unconsciousness.
The plane that Sala was on from France to England, after completing his transfer from Nantes to Cardiff City, disappeared over the British Channel.
After three days of search and rescue, efforts were abandoned. Through private funds, his family continued the search and the plane was eventually discovered.
Only Sala’s body has ever been recovered. But it is assumed that the pilot was exposed to the same crippling and life-threatening carbon monoxide levels the footballer was.
In a document published by the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) they said:
“Tests on the striker’s body found enough evidence of the harmful gas to cause a heart attack, seizure or unconsciousness.”
“It is likely that Mr. Ibbotson was also affected to some extent by exposure to carbon monoxide.”
“The gas can reduce or inhibit a pilot’s ability to fly an aircraft depending on the level of that exposure.”
“Work is also continuing to investigate pertinent operational, technical, organisational and human factors which might have contributed to the accident.”
Emiliano Sala’s family released the following statement after the report:
“That dangerously high levels of carbon monoxide have been found in Emiliano’s body raises many questions for the family.”
“How he died will be determined at the inquest in due course. The family believes that a detailed technical examination of the plane is necessary.”
“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.”
“Emiliano’s family call on the AAIB to salvage the wreckage of the plane without further delay.”
Cardiff City issued the following statement:
“CCFC is concerned at the AAIB’s latest report which once again highlights that the aircraft used for Emiliano Sala was not appropriate.”
“We continue to believe that those who were instrumental in arranging its usage are held to account for this tragedy.”
Argentine footballer Sala signed for Cardiff City from French club Nantes for £15m on January 18. It was a record transfer fee for the Welsh side.