Two of the three British Airways cabin crew killed in a crash with a lorry near Heathrow just before midnight on New Year’s Eve have today been named in tributes – as the public donated almost £40,000 for their bereft families.
Joe Finnis, 25, and Dominic Fell, 23, were killed alongside a 20-year-old woman when the white Toyota Yaris they were travelling in collided with a white Mercedes HGV at a junction in Stanwell, Surrey, at 11.39pm on Tuesday.
Another 25-year-old stewardess, who was also in their vehicle, survived and is currently in a serious condition in hospital.
All four cabin crew were friends seeing in the new year together – two of them had finished work at Heathrow at about 6pm, while the other two were on a day off and not scheduled to be on duty.
A ‘BA Angels Fund’ set up for the families of those affected had raised more than £37,000 for the victims’ families and fellow cabin crew changed their profile pictures on Facebook to a memorial image reading ‘forever in our hearts’ with the BA logo.
Writing on Facebook, fellow cabin crew member Lizzie-Lil Loughrey, said: ‘RIP Joe literally in shock I only saw you two weeks ago and was saying how happy I was for you and that it would be weird seeing you back uniform. Absolutely heartbroken.
‘Thoughts are with your family and the families of the other crew involved’.
While another friend, Henry Ambrose, said: ‘Joe Finnis gutting news. Although we had only flown together a few times you most certainly had a big impact on the experience I had at BA. Rest in peace man.’
Paying tribute to both, Bailey Faulkner, said: ‘It’s a sad time when you get a message being told that two close mates from the skies have both passed away minutes before 2020.
‘I couldn’t thank you both for the endless trips together all across the world which each time was full of boozing and laughter, not forgetting the days spent sitting in the pub! Gutted you’ve gone but you’ll never be forgotten! Keep flying high.’
Mr Finnis, a former RAF Cadet from Southampton, had undergone pilot training alongside his cabin crew role at British Airways. And Mr Fell, from London, who had been at BA for more than two years, appears to have had a passion for photography.
Stephen Paul Crook, a member of cabin crew at British Airways, set up the fundraising page for the families of those affected.
Writing on the page, he said: ‘As you are now all probably aware, on New Year’s Eve we lost three fellow Mixed Fleet Crew in a fatal car crash, and another is in hospital in a serious condition.
‘I have set up this fund to raise money so that we as a fleet can send a nice flower arrangement to the three crew members funerals and hopefully make a nice donation to a charity of the families choosing.
‘Also the crew member who is in hospital will need all the support and help they can need after they get out of the hospital and as such I would like to be able to give them a nice sum of money, to help them in those first few months.
‘I know it is January and I know that money is tight but I know that as a fleet we will pull together and make this happen.’
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