British Airways lost four of its pilots this week, and social media believed the cause of the death was related to their vaccination against the CCP Virus. However, it has not been confirmed that all four pilots had been vaccinated.
Earlier this week, a recording of an unidentified male voice emerged on social media claiming that there had been three pilots belonging to British Airways (BA) who passed away soon after they took the COVID-19 vaccine shots.
“They’ve had the third BA pilot die in the last seven days, yeah? Third pilot dead in the last week,” says the voice who asserted he learned of the news via their friends. “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.”
According to the voice, their deaths prompted the BA to have “crisis talks” with the government on whether they should still have pilots administered with the currently available jabs.
“The issue with that of course is that about 80%, according to my friend in BA, 80-85% have been injected,” he continued, saying it was a “serious issue” for only those that will be allowed to keep on flying, which was 10% of them.
Soon after, Twitter users were passing around a picture of four condolence books allegedly of the four BA pilots who recently died.
In an announcement on Friday, June 18 The British Airways soon confirmed they indeed lost four pilots, and the picture was accurate. However, they affirmed that the deaths were not linked to the COVID-19 vaccine.
“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. Helen,” wrote British Airways on Twitter.
Reuters soon released a fact-check to diffuse the situation, reviewing that the UK’s Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) confirmed with them there has not been any “crisis talk” with Britain’s flagship air carrier.
“We have not been made aware of deaths of BA pilots after receiving the Covid-19 vaccine and have not had discussions with BA or other airlines, about preventing pilots from flying after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine,” said Dr. Sarah Branch, the director of vigilance and risk management of medicines for the MHRA, according to Reuters. “There are currently no restrictions on aviation or other industries and activities post vaccination.”
However, not all were convinced.
As American Conservative Movement dissected the BA’s announcement and said, it was opaque enough for BA to avoid addressing if it was true that the date the pilots took the jabs was close to their death.
“No mention of vaccines or Covid-19. The deaths may not be technically “linked” at this time because when it comes to post-vaccine adverse reactions, transparency is bad enough in the United States but even worse in the United Kingdom,” said the outlet while sharing the following Tweet.
Even Twitter was swarmed with doubtful opinions too.
“Airlines advising jabbed people not to travel? Its time for even #BritishAirways to come clean and be transparent to millions of global passengers & thousands of staff over deaths of 4 pilots recently,” said one user.
“British Airways announced 4 of their pilots (aged 30-50’s) died within last week and claim there’s no link with their vaccination. How do they know within such short time?” Wrote the other.
“4 pilots and in such a short time this has happened how many times in the last 10 years ?” asked another Tweet.