THE final moments of Emiliano Sala’s doomed flight have been recreated using official flight data.
The haunting simulation – which perfectly recreates weather conditions on the night of the crash – shows the tiny Piper Malibu plane battling through sleet and wind over the English Channel.
Haunting footage shows a simulation of the doomed plane battling through icy winds over the Channel
An official probe into the cause of the crash is underway – but the footage gives a chilling insight into the £15m ace’s last moments.
It will not form part of any investigation into the cause of the crash.
The unofficial simulation shows the two-seat plane – piloted by plumber David Ibbotson – taking off from Nantes airport in north west France at 7:15pm.
Footage from the Grimsby Telegraph-commissioned simulator shows the plane rising into the freezing skies as it heads towards Cardiff.
PILOT FLEW THROUGH FREEZING WIND
The aircraft passes over Rennes and on towards St Malo – before turning left towards the Channel Islands as night falls.
Just 40 miles out from Jersey, the plane is steady at 5,000ft – conditions perfect for icing.
Nearly an hour into the flight, Ibbotson calls air traffic control with a request to descend.
Pilots claim conditions were perfect for deadly ice to form on the wings – and his move could have been a desperate attempt to melt it off by flying down to warmer air.
Icing appears to be a real potential issue hereProfessional pilot
One told the Grimsby Telegraph: “Icing appears to be a real potential issue here.
“The ice builds up and disrupts the flow of air over the wings which provides the lift which allows the plane to fly.
“You then need more and more power to maintain that flow of air. Then your power runs out.
“At that point your plane stops being a plane. Your wings just stop doing what they are supposed to do which is keep the aircraft in the sky.”
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Sala’s body was pulled from the wreckage last week after the plane he and David were in came down near Alderney on January 21.
An official search for the downed plane was called off on January 24 but more than £300,000 was raised by footie stars including Lionel Messi to help fund a private search.
The wreckage was discovered by the AAIB on February 3 and robot subs were used to pull the body out of the 220ft-deep water “in as dignified a way as possible”.
David Ibbotson was piloting the plane that plummeted into the sea as he flew Emiliano Sala to Cardiff
PA:Press Association An inquest heard Emiliano Sala died from head and trunk injuries and had to be identified by his fingerprints after his plane crashed into the sea
Refer to Caption Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala was confirmed dead after a body was recovered from the aircraft
David Ibbotson, pictured with his wife Nora, was flying the Sala plane
Reuters Tributes outside Cardiff City’s stadium following Emiliano Sala’s death
Getty – Contributor Emiliano Sala had become a star at French side Nantes, scoring 13 goals in 18 games this season
Part of the wreckage of the plane flown by David Ibbotson
Wikipedia A model of the Piper PA-46 aircraft that was carrying the Argentine striker
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