Fact Check: Video Implying Five JetBlue Pilots Died After COVID Vaccinations Gives NO Evidence, Omits Varied Causes Of Deaths

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Video Implying Five JetBlue Pilots Died After COVID Vaccinations Gives NO Evidence, Omits Varied Causes Of Deaths Non-Vax Causes

Does a video implying that five JetBlue pilots died after getting the COVID-19 vaccine show evidence to back that up? No, it does not. Of the five people named in the video, one was not a pilot, but an inflight crew member for JetBlue. One of the five died from cancer and another one passed away after an off-road vehicle accident, as their obituaries clearly stated. JetBlue told Lead Stories "there is no connection in their deaths or to the COVID-19 vaccine."

The claim appeared as a video published by Rumble on July 16, 2021 titled "HORRIFIC! - FIVE Jet Blue Airlines Pilots DEAD, Media Intentionally Hiding Vaxx Fears" (archived here), which opened:

BREAKING NOW! Five Jet Blue Airlines pilots are confirmed dead, current Jet Blue pilot whistleblower confirms push for jab continues. Dr. Jane Ruby joins Stew Peters with details. www.StewPeters.tv |

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HORRIFIC! - FIVE Jet Blue Airlines Pilots DEAD, Media Intentionally Hiding Vaxx Fears

BREAKING NOW! Five Jet Blue Airlines pilots are confirmed dead, current Jet Blue pilot whistleblower confirms push for jab continues. Dr. Jane Ruby joins Stew Peters with details. www.StewPeters.tv |

The Stew Peters show guest, Dr. Jane Ruby, had her Twitter account suspended as of July 20, 2021. She is not a medical doctor. She has a doctorate in psychology, not the medical field of psychiatry.

At 2:28 in the video she claims to have information about JetBlue Airlines:

A pilot has come forward who's still actively in the company to let us know that
five JetBlue pilots passed away between February of this year and May. There is no direct information yet about their jab status but this pilot does acknowledge the company is keeping that kind of thing very quiet."

She shared the names of the five, but contrary to the claim, only four were pilots for JetBlue. One was a crew member according to the airline and to the deceased airline worker's obituary.

As Ruby herself points out, the deaths were not recent nor did they occur in a close time span -- they happened from February to May 2021. Out of the five deaths, one died of "metastasized renal cell carcinoma," according to the obituary. Another pilot died "after a UTV accident," according to that obituary. Both obituaries were reviewed by Lead Stories.

And although Ruby says there is "no direct information yet about their jab status," the implication in the headline and text with the post is that the deaths were connected to vaccinations.

JetBlue told Lead Stories via email on July 20, 2021, that any connection to a COVID-19 vaccine was false:

JetBlue is aware of a report that mentions four of our pilots and one inflight crewmember who have passed away this year. While we mourn their loss, there is no connection in their deaths or to the COVID-19 vaccine. The social media video appears designed to intentionally deceive the public and should not be considered a trusted source of information."

Peters also repeats claims previously debunked by Lead Stories. At 1:19 in the video he says:

We have previously reported on four confirmed deaths of British Airways pilots. They all died within one week. All of them reportedly received the jab, now proven to contain and toxic substance called graphene oxide."

Lead Stories reported that four British Airways pilots did NOT all die within a week after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Lead Stories also reported that there is no proof the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine contains graphene oxide here.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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