British Airways

British Airways Plane. Photo credit: Hugovk

British Airways crew member found dead in Johannesburg

The British Airways crew member was found collapsed and unconscious on the floor. However, he had no visible injuries

British Airways

British Airways Plane. Photo credit: Hugovk

Police have launched an investigation after a British Airways crew member was found dead in South Africa’s crime-ridden Johannesburg. 

Robert Gay, 52, had taken a flight from Heathrow in London to Johannesburg and was found dead hours later. Gay had reportedly went for a night out in town with colleagues. 


Gay was reportedly found collapsed on the floor and unconscious. 

Paramedics tried to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful. He also had no visible injuries. 

According to the Sun on Sunday, a publication from the United Kingdom, crews have previously reported attacks and that parts of the City of Johannesburg are “lawless”.

It appeared he was walking back to the crew hotel and got separated from his friends and was found dead at 4am on 5 February. 

A source who is reportedly close to the investigation said it is suspected that the cause of death was a heart attack, although the full post mortem results are awaited.

A spokesperson for British Airways told The Independent that they are deeply saddened by the news. 

“Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with our colleague’s family and friends at this sad time. We’re providing support to all of our colleagues that may be affected by this sad news.”

British Airways spokesperson

NB: At the time of publication, Gauteng police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo had not responded to questions sent to him regarding the investigation.

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