Many social media users have made erroneous claims that the COVID-19 vaccine is to blame for pilots dying or becoming incapacitated in the air since most major airlines started requiring pilots and other employees to receive the vaccination in 2021.
Similar allegations have been disproved in the past by PolitiFact and numerous other fact-checkers. The claims continue, though. “Amazing claim! On top of a video posted on April 23 on Instagram, writing stated, “80% of pilots have taken the COVID jab. The following sentence said, “Healthy pilots are dying on flights due to myocarditis.”
Pilots Suffering from Myocarditis
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The charges are presented in the film by Josh Yoder, one of the speakers at a March 20 event in Venice, Florida, called United for Transparency in COVID-19 Treatment. Yoder also cited previous pilot incapacitations in the film, claiming that they resulted from airline vaccine requirements.
FAA And IATA
The Federal Aviation Administration and the International Air Transport Association, a trade association for airlines, claim they have not noticed an increase in incidents of pilots dying or becoming incapacitated while flying, despite recent instances of both. Two pilots are necessary onboard passenger or cargo transport aircraft. Notwithstanding the FAA’s claim that medical incidents during flights are uncommon.
According to Yoder, a “significant increase” of pilots approaching his organization for assistance after being diagnosed with myocarditis, feeling chest pain, or having neurological issues as a result of the immunizations has been observed. Most pilots, according to him, are averse to speaking in public for fear of losing their ability to fly.
He added that although only a few pilot deaths have made headlines, there have been “numerous” pilot fatalities. He provided certain cases when we asked for specific proof of pilot deaths. But a deeper look reveals there is no connection to vaccines in any of them.
Yoder claimed that he “can’t say that every cardiac death is myocarditis or that it’s conclusively caused by the vaccine” due to a dearth of data from the FAA and airlines.
Here are some of the examples he shared:
- A pilot for Envoy Air, an American Airlines subsidiary, lost consciousness shortly after takeoff on a flight departing Chicago in November. The pilot ultimately passed away. According to news reports, neither the reason for the pilot’s medical emergency nor his vaccination status is known.
- Fact-checkers at Lead Stories found that a case number from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office in Illinois that corresponds to the incident’s specifics and a man’s obituary named him as having hypertensive cardiovascular disease as his natural cause of death.
- On April 9, 2022, after landing a plane in Texas, American Airlines pilot Bob Snow suffered a heart arrest and passed out on the flight deck. Snow, who made it through the crisis unharmed, claimed to have received the COVID-19 vaccine on November 4, 2021.
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