The inquest into the death of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, who became Cardiff City’s record signing when he died in a crash, heard on Tuesday that he had passed the level. toxicity of carbon monoxide poisoning before death
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Results of blood tests taken from the body of a top soccer player Emiliano Sala showed he passed toxic levels of the toxic gas carbon monoxide before dying in a plane crash, an inquest has heard.
Dorset Coroner’s court heard the 28-year-old was on a private jet traveling between Nantes and Cardiff on the evening of January 21, 2019 when it crashed in the English Channel near Guernsey.
Also killed in the crash was pilot David Ibbotson, 59, whose body was never found.
The investigation that continued on Tuesday was adjourned a week ago for legal reasons.
Last week, pathologist Basil Purdue said Sala died from severe head and chest injuries related to a plane crash.
But before his death Dr Purdue said he was overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning and would be “deeply unconscious” at the point of seawater impact.
He said toxicology tests on Sala’s blood sample showed a saturation level of carbon monoxide in the blood of 58 per cent, which he described as “severe poisoning”, and attributed the source to her exhaust system. plane.
Continuing his evidence, Dr. Purdue said two blood samples were taken from Sala – one from the iliac vein and a second from Sala’s upper body cavity.
The first blood sample is sent for carbon monoxide testing and the second is used to confirm identity from the DNA test. The second sample was then sent to Canada for further testing.
Due to the decomposition process, Dr. Purdue explained, he was only able to take a blood sample from the iliac vein and draw blood for DNA testing from this cavity.
He said cavity blood is often contaminated and has an “uncertain composition”, and cannot be relied upon to test for toxins, although it is acceptable for DNA testing.
“It’s not blood, it’s blood with other unknowns – you’d be confused,” he said.
Dr. Purdue said Sala’s body was in the process of decomposing when he conducted an autopsy on February 7.
“If we had more blood, I would take more samples. The fact that we only have one bottle is indicative of all we can get,” he said.
Forensic examiner Katherine Baldwin told the inquest that the blood sample in the chamber was stored in a Dorset Police freezer until it is sent to Canada for testing.
She also confirmed the first sample was destroyed by a forensic lab after it was examined, although this is part of an ongoing investigation.
The hearing also said Sala smoked between one and five cigarettes a day, with four packs found in his South Wales hotel room after his death.
Detective Sergeant Sarah Gedge, of Dorset Police, said: “Mr Sala has some possessions in his room and has a request from Sala’s agent regarding cigarettes in his room and he wants to that was not revealed to the family because of him. didn’t tell them he smoked. “
She said cigarettes were found in a canvas shoe bag belonging to Christian Louboutin.
“We have reached out to (Sala representative) Meissa N’diaye today to confirm Mr Sala and his smoking and he can tell us Mr Sala smokes 1-5. cigarette every day,” she said.
“He has smoked for several years and his favorite brand is Lucky Strike Lights.
“He said he had no factual information and talked to someone else.”
The officer also confirmed that Sala completed a medical questionnaire during his move to Cardiff City in which he insisted he did not smoke.
The investigation revealed that the Piper Malibu plane had left Nantes airport at 7:15 a.m. on January 21 to make a flight to Cardiff but lost radar contact at 8:15 a.m. near Guernsey.
The plane lay on the seabed on February 3, and Sala’s body was found in the wreckage three days later.
The investigation, which is taking place at City Hall in Bournemouthwill last about a month.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/emiliano-sala-suffered-carbon-monoxide-26303963 Emiliano Sala suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning before dying in a plane crash