Emiliano Sala, pilot exposure to carbon monoxide before accident

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British investigators say that Emiliano Sala and his pilot have exposed dangerous levels of carbon monoxide before the small plane carrying an Argentine soccer player in the English Channel collapsed.

The aircraft was carrying Sala and Pilot Piper Malibu the David Ibbotson aircraft emerged in the Channel on 21 January. Sala was traveling from France to join his new team, the Cardiff Cardiff Premier League in Wales.

His body was recovered from the wreck two weeks later. Ibbotson body not found.

Wednesday's Air Accident Investigation Branch said that the toxicology tests received a “high saturated level COHb (combined carbon monoxide and hemoglobin product)” in Sala.

He said the level was 58%, above the 50% “generally fatal” level in a healthy person.

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