It is likely that the Argentine player Emiliano Sala fainted after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning, before the plane crash in which he was traveling in the English Channel in January 2019.
The jury returned its verdict on Thursday, following a three-year investigation into the deaths of Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.
The couple flew on an unauthorized plane from France to Wales, where Sala was preparing to finalize his transfer from French club Nantes to Cardiff City.
It was concluded that the plane crashed in mid-air and it is possible that those on board were exposed to exhaust fumes.
Sala was reported to have died of head and chest injuries in the crash.
David Henderson, the tour operator, was sentenced to 18 months in prison in November last year.
“The family of Emiliano Sala wishes to thank the coroner and jury for their hard work on the case, appreciate the jury’s detailed investigation and tireless cross-examination, and appreciate the opportunity for family members of the deceased to attend the remote hearing. . from Argentina”.
He added: “This investigation has revealed all the facts that led to Emiliano’s death, and has also shed light on the missed opportunities in the world of football to prevent his tragic death.”
He continued: “The family particularly noted the results suggesting that the pilot and Emiliano were exposed to carbon monoxide, and that Emiliano was unconscious at the time of the accident, and that the poisoning was caused by a malfunction in the exhaust system of the pilot. The aircraft. “
He explained: “The family also welcomes the Medical Examiner’s decision to convey to the relevant authorities their concerns about safety issues resulting from that investigation. To prevent similar deaths, no family should feel saddened by a similar preventable incident.”