Captain Shane Murdock, with over 40 years of experience as a pilot and a qualified air accident investigator, issues a stark warning about the aviation industry teetering on the edge of disaster.
Supported by official data, Murdock emphasizes a looming global catastrophe affecting aviation safety. Recent incidents, including the sudden death of a Cadiz flight training academy graduate and multiple pilot incapacitations, raise concerns about the industry’s current state.
Murdock points to an alarming trend of pilots experiencing severe adverse reactions to Covid-19 vaccinations, with symptoms such as myocarditis, brain fog, insomnia, blood clots, and anaphylaxis. He asserts that some pilots, fearing job loss, refrain from reporting health issues like brain fog and heart flutters.
Despite stringent annual or semi-annual health checks, pilots seemingly pass medical examinations while grappling with serious vaccine-related reactions. Murdock highlights a crucial change by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in November 2020, altering electrocardiogram (ECG) markers that measure heart health. The new, extended limit for the ‘PR interval’ may allow heart conditions to go undetected.
In Australia, the mandated Covid-19 vaccination for pilots three years ago saw 12 pilots, including Murdock, refusing. These refusals led to terminations on grounds of serious professional misconduct, a charge typically reserved for more severe infractions.
Murdock, a former Virgin Australia captain, questions the necessity of vaccine mandates for healthy, fit pilots, especially when the average age of death during the pandemic in Australia was 85.3 years. He highlights the contradiction with FAA rules, prohibiting pilots from taking medications not approved and in use by the general population for 12 months.
Analyzing distress calls tracked by @GCFlightAlerts, Murdock notes an unprecedented rise in mayday calls, correlating with the vaccine mandates. Between 2018 and 2019, mayday calls constituted 29.1% of distress calls, escalating to a 272% increase in 2022 and a 386% surge in the first three months of 2023.
Murdock also scrutinizes data from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), revealing a 126% increase in restrictions on multi-crew licenses. Despite these concerning trends, CASA refrains from major reviews as long as the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) endorses Covid-19 vaccinations.
Captain Murdock’s dire prediction is clear: a lack of action will lead to disasters, risking the lives of both aircrew and the traveling public. Emergency landings due to pilot incapacitations could become more frequent, posing an imminent threat to aviation safety.