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Britain’s Air Accident Investigation Division concluded that the accident that killed Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala, was caused by the captain’s loss of control due to the extra speed.
In its final report on the incident in January 2019, when Sala was traveling from Nantes to Cardiff City to join his new team, the Investigation Division said that a single-engine “Piper Malibu” had split and crashed into the waters of the English Channel.
Investigators confirmed that the pilot, 59-year-old David Ibutson, did not have an appropriate license to fly this type of aircraft at night, as he was making unlicensed commercial flights and receiving an unlimited amount for the flight, which is illegal.
The report revealed the possibility of a captain inhaling carbon monoxide, similar to Sala, before the accident, recommending that all aircraft be equipped with carbon monoxide sensors.
Alison Campbell, the chief inspector for the Air Accident Investigation Branch, said that the plane was flying in an inconsistent manner nearing the end of the flight, as part of Ipotson’s efforts to avoid bad weather conditions.
The plane had a velocity of 435 km / h when it hit the surface of the water, according to the report.
Sala was killed at the age of 28 January 2019, after the small plane she was carrying with her captain Ipotson crashed and Sala’s body was recovered in February 2019, but the body of Ibutsson was not found.
Sala was hired to move to Cardiff for 15 million pounds, or about 19 million dollars, in a deal that was completed only a few days before the accident.
The footballer traveled to the Welsh capital to complete the deal, then returned to northwestern France to collect his luggage and bid farewell to his colleagues.
Sala was on his way back to Cardiff to take part in his first training session there when the accident that claimed his life occurred.