Disappearance of Emiliano Sala: the plane looked “dangerous” according to the pilot

More than three years after the disappearance of Emiliano Sala, FC Nantes striker from 2015 to 2019, new information on the circumstances of the accident has been revealed by the BBC. In an audio document that the British channel obtained, the pilot of the plane in which the footballer died tells a friend that the plane is ” dangerous “.

Pilot David Ibbotson had been assigned to transport the 28-year-old from Cardiff, where he had just been transferred, to Nantes, so that he could say goodbye to his former FC Nantes teammates, then bring him back to Cardiff.

In a voice message left to a pilot friend, he expressed doubts about the safety of the aircraft, after the outward flight between Cardiff and Nantes. “I went to look for a footballer in Cardiff. They entrusted me with the mission of recovering it in a (plane) dangerous “he confided the day before the accident. “Usually I have my lifejacket between the seats, but tomorrow I’ll (it) wear it, that’s for sure. »

A detonation in mid-flight

More worryingly, Ibbotson, who was actually not qualified to fly the aircraft, said he heard “an explosion” in the plane in full flight, during this same outward journey. “I was stealing and then boom, he told his friend. I thought to myself: what’s wrong? So I checked my settings, everything was fine and it was still flying, but it got my attention. »

“This plane must return to the hangar”concluded the pilot, after realizing that the left brake pedal was not working when he landed at Nantes-Atlantique airport.

According to the final report of the British Air Accidents Investigation Bureau, published in March 2020, the pilot, whose body was never found, ” most likely “ poisoned by carbon monoxide from the engine exhaust system. He would have lost control of the aircraft during a maneuver carried out at too high a speed before the plane crashed into the sea at a speed of 270 miles per hour (435 km/h), leaving no hope of to survive.

The body of the player had been found in the carcass of the device more than two weeks after the accident, 67 meters deep.

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