The FAA says it’s totally normal to have a bunch of commercial pilots getting sick with heart issues and having to divert their planes or have someone else do an emergency landing to save all of the passengers’ lives. Nothing to see here!
In the latest perfectly normal incident, a pilot collapsed and had to be removed from the cockpit on Flight 6013 between Las Vegas and Columbus, Ohio. An off-duty pilot from another airline, who just happened to be on the flight, had to help land the plane. This is the fifth time this has happened – in March!
Flight 6013 was a Southwest Airlines flight. The off-duty pilot helped the remaining pilot to turn the plane around and land it back in Las Vegas. A replacement flight crew then had to be brought in to complete the flight. The sick pilot started having chest pains that were so bad he conked out and had to be removed from the cockpit. It sounds like he’s still alive, though.
This appears to be the fifth such incident that we know of in March of 2023. We wrote about a United Airlines flight two weeks ago from Guatemala to Chicago that had to make an emergency landing in Houston. The co-pilot had to land the plane on his own, because the main pilot conked out. The airport initially lied and said the plane was diverted because of a technical issue.
The “technical issue” was the pilot having chest pains and being unable to fly the plane. We also noted that United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby, who seems like kind of a d**k, constantly brags about how he was able to coerce 99% of his employees into getting the COVID shot. Not that we’re suggesting there is any sort of connection between the vaccines and all these pilots dropping mid-flight!
In another incident which didn’t involve a pilot, an American Airlines flight had to be diverted when a teenager had a heart attack – because that’s a thing that happens now. The poor kid died, partly because the plane’s portable emergency defibrillator had not been recharged after the last time it was used.
A 39-year-old pilot for WestJet Airlines from Alberta, Canada named Benjamin Vige died on March 17. Emirate Airlines Flight EK205 had to turn around over the Atlantic Ocean and make an emergency landing in Milan on March 13 because of a pilot having chest pains. A British Airways Captain was walking to the packed Airbus flight he was supposed to pilot from Cairo to London when he collapsed and died of a heart attack on March 10. And on a Virgin Australia flight from Adelaide to Perth, the plane had to turn around and make an emergency landing because of a pilot heart attack on March 3.
All five of the pilots this happened to in March were required to be fully vaccinated to keep their jobs.
The FAA says this is totally normal. Happens all the time! The federal agency that is supposed to keep commercial flight safe for all the passengers isn’t even going to bother to investigate this phenomenon, which it claims has been going on forever and has nothing to do with pilots getting vaccine injured (or vaccine killed).
Last November, an airline pilot taking off from O’Hare Airport in Chicago died at the stick moments after takeoff. Quick action from the co-pilot was the only thing that kept the plane full of passengers from crashing in a densely populated Chicago neighborhood. In another incident in October, a small plane pilot had a heart attack and crashed, killing himself and seriously injuring his passenger.
23-year-old Sierra Lund is a recreational pilot and a top athlete who began experiencing severe chest pains just 18 hours after she was injected by the COVID vaccine. She’s been diagnosed with myocarditis and pericarditis, and is no longer qualified to fly solo. Lund is now calling on the FAA to investigate vaccine-related heart problems in commercial pilots, and urging all vaxed pilots to get their hearts checked for problems.
But the FAA, like the rest of the Biden administration, is wildly disinterested in investigating why the number of pilots having heart attacks is skyrocketing. Maybe they’ll start to care once a planeload of passengers dies in a fiery crash, but until then, fly at your own risk.