Four young and healthy British Airways (BA) pilots have recently died in a short time. There are rumors that the deaths can be linked to the coronavirus vaccination. Is that the case?
According to the details, a recording (unconfirmed) of a male discussing the deaths is circulating on the social media. In an audio recording circulated on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, a man says that “three British Airways pilots have died in the past seven days.”
“They’ve had the third BA pilot die in the last seven days, yeah? Third pilot dead in the last week,” says the man heard in the recording. “The first two guys were in their forties and fifties; this guy, mid-thirties, perfectly fit, no underlying conditions. He gets his second jab and he’s dead within days, exactly the same with the first two.”
“Because of this, BA are now in crisis talks with the government about whether to allow vaccinated pilots to fly. The issue with that of course is that about 80%, according to my friend in BA, 80-85% have been injected.”
— TJ (@TJ0056) June 17, 2021
I believe it was actually FOUR young pilots who died due to the Maxine pic.twitter.com/LkahSVOTkN
— The Thing (@TheThin59129130) June 17, 2021
British Airways response
Condolence registers circulated on Twitter alongside framed photos of the four pilots. A spokesperson for the airline has confirmed that four pilots have recently died and that the condolence registers are genuine, but also said the deaths are not linked to the vaccines.
The Awareness Foundation contacted British Airways via Twitter. A spokeswoman, Julie, said there is no link between the four deaths, but reaffirmed that four pilots have died recently.
We respectfully request confirmation on whether this story is true or not. Please answer with full explanations so we are able to draw our own conclusions on the validity. We have had enough of twisted answers. See below. Many thanks.
— The_Awareness_Foundation (@awareness_4all) June 17, 2021
Many people are not convinced by the answers from British Airways, the largest airline in the United Kingdom (UK) and one of the largest airlines in Europe. For example, “Pilot Alexander”, pilot and aviation advisor, tweets that pilots are subjected to an annual medical examination.
Sadly four members of our pilot community passed away recently. Our thoughts are with their family and friends. However, there is no truth whatsoever in the claims on social media speculating that the four deaths are linked. Julie
— British Airways (@British_Airways) June 17, 2021
“From a certain age, they should be examined every six months. It is highly unlikely that these airmen had any disease among their members. By the way, many Indian pilots have also died recently!”
Reuters ‘fact check’
Reuters news agency fact-checked the claims, relying solely on statements by British Airways and the British medical regulator The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among others.
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