Two flight attendants for British Airways reportedly died around the holidays.

According to The Sun, the first death occurred on December 23rd when a 52-year-old steward died in a hotel room during a stopover.

“His flight from Newark to London Heathrow was cancelled, with passengers re-booked onto later flights,” the outlet wrote.

The second flight attendant collapsed and died in front of passengers on New Year’s Eve.

The Sun reports:

The sad news comes after another BA steward, also 52, collapsed and died while on duty in front of shocked passengers on New Year’s Eve.

The steward tragically collapsed as the busy flight from London Heathrow to Hong Kong prepared to depart.

A source said: “Crew are frantic. These were two healthy people who suddenly dropped dead.

“There were no reported underlying health issues.

“The crew were family men, and leave devastated families in shock and disbelief.

“It has been a traumatic festive period for BA’s flying team. Everyone is deeply upset.”

From news.com.au:

Travellers and holiday-makers were in their seats when the steward collapsed and first aid was administered in vain.

Doors were locked on BA Flight 32 and the pilot had requested to push-back to head to the runway when the crew member suddenly collapsed in the rear galley.

The captain urgently called for medical assistance and a passenger trained in first aid raced to help.

But despite the arrival of police and ambulance teams, tragically the steward could not be resuscitated and devastated passengers were told the New Year’s Eve flight was being cancelled due to a “medical emergency”.

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Passengers were rebooked onto another flight – BA31 – the next day.

In 2021, four British Airways pilots died within an approximate one-week timespan.

Rumors circulated online that the deaths were related to the experimental COVID-19 shots.

However, the rumors were never confirmed.

British Airways acknowledged the deaths, but denied the social media claims.

“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,” British Airways wrote.

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Reuters did a ‘fact-check’ on the story:

Claims that British Airways is in “crisis talks” with the British government due to the deaths of three pilots who received COVID-19 shots are unfounded, a company representative and British medicines regulator spokesperson has told Reuters.

Shared in the form of a voice recording on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, an unidentified male says he has spoken to a “friend who’s a BA pilot” and explains “things are getting crazy” after three fellow pilots passed away (here , here and here).

“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.”

The man then goes on to say only “10% of pilots will be able to fly,” branding it a “serious issue”.
On Twitter, some users have also shared a photo of what appears to be four books of condolence next to framed pictures of four men in a British Airways-themed lounge (here). “I believe it was actually FOUR young pilots who died due to the Maxine,” tweeted one user.

Reuters presented the claims to British Airways, which said they were unfounded and that no such talks were underway with the government. The spokesperson, however, confirmed the authenticity of the four condolence books, as four company pilots had recently passed away. “Our thoughts are with their family and friends,” they said, adding that none of the deaths was linked to vaccines.

In a statement to Reuters, the UK’s Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) also denied any such crisis talks 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. “There are currently no restrictions on aviation or other industries and activities post vaccination.

“Our advice remains that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks in the majority of people. It is still vitally important that people come forward for their vaccination and for their second dose when invited to do so.

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