A solicitor is asking the question, did cabin fumes kill two British Airways pilots, after two highly skilled British Airways pilots died in January 2013.
The funerals of the two British Airways pilots, Karen Lysakowska, 43 and Richard Westgate, 43, were both held within days of each other as their families tried to come to terms with the sudden deaths after it was alleged the pilots died after inhaling fumes while in the cockpit.
According to Mr Westgate lawyer, the pilot visited him before his death after he became concerned after inhaling fumes in the cockpit and asked his lawyer to sue British Airways.
‘British Airways Pilots Funerals Held Within Days Of Each Other ‘
Mr Westgate lawyer has said they plan to press ahead with the lawsuit and promise to give their client the trial that he never had.
Aviation experts have said that it is not unheard of for pilots to wear oxygen masks due to the contaminated air which some believe can cause serious physical and neurological issues.
If the case is successful then this could send shockwaves within the aviation industry with some legal experts claiming thousands of pilots could take their employers to court.
One doctor has claimed there are thousands of pilots who are unfit to fly because of the years of being exposed to the potentially dangerous conditions.
Ms Lysakowska had not flown since 2005 when she was grounded due to ill health while Mr Westgate voluntarily grounded himself after a car crash in 2011.
Mr Westgate later went on to develop serious health issues which included serious headaches, chronic fatigue, loss of confidence and mood swings while Ms Lysakowska later developed cancer.
A spokesman for British Airways said, “Our thoughts are with the families of the two pilots at this very sad time and we offer our sincere condolences.
“We are not aware of any legal claims relating to the two individuals.”
“It would be inappropriate for us to comment or speculate upon the individuals’ cause of death.”