Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Three British Airways crew members killed in New Year's Eve crash near Heathrow named in tributes

Dominic Fell, 23, Joe Finnis, 25, and Rachel Clark, 20, died at the scene of the crash close to Heathrow Airport. Credit: .

Three British Airways crew members who died in a New Year's Eve crash have been named in tributes by friends and colleagues.

Dominic Fell, 23, Joe Finnis, 25, and Rachel Clark, 20, died at the scene of the crash close to Heathrow Airport just before midnight.

A 25-year-old who was travelling in the same car as the three victims was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

More than £47,000 has been raised from more than 3,000 donations on a fundraising page set up by fellow cabin crew member Stephen Paul Crook.

Among the victims was Ms Clark, who had only just recently completed her training.

On her Facebook page on November 22, she wrote how she was looking forward to the "start of a new chapter".

Her friend Hanushe Lala said of her in a tribute: "I am truly lost for words; you were a kind, beautiful and intelligent person who only ever brightened up everyone's day.

"You will always have a special place in my heart, forever and always."

Hundreds of donors left messages of condolences on the site.

Malgorzata Kubik posted: "Joe was my coach and he always made sure we were OK.

"I hope he is in a better place now and I would like to send big hugs to his friends and family I am with you in this painful and difficult time especially of that time a year."

A car collided with a HGV on New Year's Eve in Stanwell. Credit: UK News in Pictures

Daniel Seymour wrote: "Joe has been my good friend for a while. I even was in the gym with him on the day he passed.

"I'm so sad and wish him to have the best send off possible. As well as the others involved in the accident. They will all be missed."

Laura Stewart said: "Dom and Joe were truly special men and I hope that their families take some comfort in knowing that they were so loved by everyone they have flown with! I'll miss you."

Police examine the scene of the crash in Stanwell. Credit: UK News in Pictures

A BA spokesman said on January 1: "We're deeply saddened to learn of the death of our colleagues involved in a road traffic collision last night.

"Our thoughts are with their family and friends, who we are supporting at this distressing time."

The off-duty BA crew were in a white Toyota Yaris when it was involved in a collision with a white Mercedes HGV at the junction of Bedfont Road and Long Lane in Stanwell, Surrey, at 11.39pm on New Year's Eve.

A woman was left seriously injured after a car collided with a lorry. Credit: UK News in Pictures

The lorry, which was part of a fleet which is operated by air services provider dnata, left the road and ended up in nearby Longford River.

The lorry driver was taken to hospital as a precaution.

It is understood two of the four cabin crew had finished work at about 6pm, while the other two were on a day off and not scheduled to be on duty.

A spokesman for dnata - which provides ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services to airlines - said: "We can confirm that one of our trucks was involved in a road traffic accident on the evening of December 31.

"We are fully assisting relevant authorities with their investigations. Our thoughts and condolences are with the families of those affected by this very sad incident."

Sergeant Chris Schultze, of Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those involved in this collision at what is an extremely difficult time.

"We are continuing to appeal for witnesses to what happened and would urge anyone who may have any video footage, CCTV or dash cam or any other kind, to get in touch with us."