The British Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) concluded – in the report released today – that the accident that killed Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala was due to the captain’s loss of control over speed.
In its final report on the January 2019 accident, while Sala was traveling from Nantes to Cardiff City to join his new team, the Investigation Division said that in its single-engine plane, the single-engine plane “Piper Malibu” was separated and had crashed in the waters of the English Channel.
Investigators confirmed that the pilot, David Ibbotson, 59, did not have an appropriate license to fly this type of aircraft at night because he was on unauthorized commercial flights and was receiving an unlimited amount for the flight, which is illegal.
The report revealed the possibility of inhaling the pilot – similar to Sala – of carbon monoxide before the accident, recommending that all aircraft be equipped with carbon monoxide sensors.
Air Accident Investigations Chief Inspector Alison Campbell said the plane was flying irregularly towards the end of the flight, as part of Ipotson’s efforts to avoid bad weather.
He explained that “the weather was bad in the area, and from his calls through the communication devices, it was clear that the captain had to maneuver to avoid it”.
The plane had a speed of 435 km / h when it touched the surface of the water, the report said.