BA stewardess dies from malaria after flight to Ghana
British Airways has confirmed that one of their air stewardesses has died after contracting malaria while working on a long-haul flight from London to Ghana.
The female member of staff became ill after working on the flight from Heathrow to Accra. The Daily Mirror reports that she began to show symptoms of the disease while staying at a hotel with other members of the crew. According to the newspapers website, there is now a major investigation by the carrier to see how she came in contact with the disease. There is also concern among the cabin crew following the tragedy, a source told the media organisation.
A statement by the airline said it was “deeply saddened” at the death of a colleague and stressed that the safety of staff was the company’s top priority. The official response said they also check both transportation and hotel accommodation to ensure contact with mosquitos is kept to a minimum.
The news of this tragic death comes some six years after another cabin crew member died from malaria following a BA flight from Heathrow to Ghana.
The MailOnline says it is estimated that up to 2,000 people from Britain return home every year having contracted malaria abroad.