BA flight attendants killed in New Year's Eve lorry crash were due to fly to Las Vegas next day

British Airways flight attendants killed in New Year’s Eve lorry crash were due to work on Las Vegas flight the next day as mother pays tribute to her ‘gem’ son and wellwishers raise GBP82,000

  • Dominic Fell, 23, Joe Finnis, 25, and Rachel Clark, 20, were killed in the collision 
  • Car they were travelling in collided with HGV near Heathrow in Stanwell, Surrey
  • Flowers and cards have been left for the ‘BA Angels’ at the scene of the collision 
  • Dominic’s mother Christina McGilligan-Fell said he son will ‘always be her gem’

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The three British Airways flight attendants who were killed in a crash with a lorry on New Year’s Eve were due to fly to Las Vegas the next day. 

Dominic Fell, 23, Joe Finnis, 25, and Rachel Clark, 20, were killed when when their car collided with an HGV near Heathrow Airport in Stanwell, Surrey, shortly before midnight 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. 

Rachel Clark, 20, died in the collision near London Heathrow Airport on New Year’s Eve

BA flight attendants killed in New Year's Eve lorry crash were due to fly to Las Vegas next day BA flight attendants killed in New Year's Eve lorry crash were due to fly to Las Vegas next day

Tributes for Dominic Fell (above), 23, included ‘keep flying high’ after he was named as a victim

Tributes have been left at the scene of the collision in Stanwell dedicated to the three cabin crew named the ‘BA Angels’ with the airline tie wrapped around a lamppost. 

One card reads: ‘To our BA Angels rest in peace my lovelies – fly high’.  

It comes after Dominic’s mother said today that her son will ‘always be her gem and star’.  

BA flight attendants killed in New Year's Eve lorry crash were due to fly to Las Vegas next day

Joe Finnis, 25, was named in tributes after he was killed in the car crash in Stanwell, Surrey

BA flight attendants killed in New Year's Eve lorry crash were due to fly to Las Vegas next day

Flowers have been left at the scene of the collision in Stanwell, near London’s Heathrow Airport

BA flight attendants killed in New Year's Eve lorry crash were due to fly to Las Vegas next day

A picture showing Dominic Fell, 23, (far right) Joe Finnis, 25, (far left) and Rachel Clark, 20 (middle)

BA flight attendants killed in New Year's Eve lorry crash were due to fly to Las Vegas next day

A British Airways model plane next to flowers and photographs that have been left at the scene

BA flight attendants killed in New Year's Eve lorry crash were due to fly to Las Vegas next day BA flight attendants killed in New Year's Eve lorry crash were due to fly to Las Vegas next day

One card reads: ‘To our BA Angels rest in peace my lovelies – fly high’ (left). British Airways ties are wrapped around a sign which reads: ‘Our BA Angels, you’ll forever be loved’ (right) 

BA flight attendants killed in New Year's Eve lorry crash were due to fly to Las Vegas next day

A woman reads the tributes that have been left for the three cabin crew who were tragically killed 

Christina McGilligan-Fell, who is the former mayor of North East Lincolnshire told GrimsbyLive: ‘It has been a privilege to have been his mother. He will always be my gem and my star.’  

She added: ‘I have read many of the tributes to Dominic and they are wonderful and reflect how gregarious, genuine and humanitarian he was.’ 

Dominic’s family, including his sisters Elle and Laura, travelled to his home in Swindon following the tragedy.  

BA flight attendants killed in New Year's Eve lorry crash were due to fly to Las Vegas next day

Dominic Fell with his mother Christina McGilligan-Fell and sisters Elle and Laura (far right) for his mother’s 60th birthday in January last year

BA flight attendants killed in New Year's Eve lorry crash were due to fly to Las Vegas next day

A letter for the three victims of the crash on a snowman that has been left at the scene of in Stanwell 

BA flight attendants killed in New Year's Eve lorry crash were due to fly to Las Vegas next day

Dominic Fell with sisters Elle, left and Laura, right

Dominic had worked for British Airways for two years and had completed a course in photojournalism at the Grimsby Institute. 

He studied for his BA degree in photography at the University of the Arts in London in 2017 and compiled a series of photographs of his hometown of Grimsby for his course. 

Ms McGilligan-Fell said she wanted to thank everyone for their support and tributes to Dominic and said he left his ‘indelible mark’ on so many lives.

His colleague, Rachel Clark, had completed her training only weeks before she died and posted a series of photographs of her at a ceremony in November.  

She wrote: ‘What a crazy six weeks it has been!

‘Thank you to everyone that has supported me along the way and to this fabulous group of people for making these weeks bearable! The start of a new chapter.’

BA flight attendants killed in New Year's Eve lorry crash were due to fly to Las Vegas next day

Miss Clark completed her training in November, posting on Facebook at the time how it had been a ‘crazy six weeks’ and her excitement for ‘the start of a new chapter’

Tributes poured in for the 20-year-old and her friend Marnee Burgess wrote on Facebook: ‘I can’t believe you’re gone.

I will never forget that beautiful smile that lights up every room you enter.

‘Three years feels like a lifetime I have known you. Thank you for welcoming me into your family and treating me like I’ve always been part of it.

‘I will never forget how much you cherished my boys and how amazing you were with them and the memories will stay close to my heart forever.’

BA flight attendants killed in New Year's Eve lorry crash were due to fly to Las Vegas next day

A fundraising page has been set up for the families of those affected, with tributes flooding in on the GoFundMe page (above and below)

Another friend, Hanushe Lala, added: ‘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. I hope you rest in eternal peace.

All our thoughts and prayers are with your family and loved ones.’

A ‘BA Angels Fund’ set up for the families of those affected had raised more than GBP82,000 for the victims’ families.

Posts on the BA Angels fundraiser included condolences from Laura Stewart, who 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.’

Ms McGilligan-Fell added: ‘I have read many of the tributes to Dominic and they are wonderful and reflect how gregarious, genuine, and humanitarian he was.

‘I have never seen such wonderful accolades from people all over the country.’

Fellow cabin crew members have also changed their profile pictures on Facebook to a memorial image reading ‘forever in our hearts’ with the BA logo. 

BA flight attendants killed in New Year's Eve lorry crash were due to fly to Las Vegas next day

A map shows where the crash happened in Stanwell, near Heathrow, and just outside London

The off-duty BA cabin crew were in a white Toyota Yaris which was involved in a crash 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.

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.

Surrey Police issued the names of the three dead, but said that formal identification had not yet taken place.

BA flight attendants killed in New Year's Eve lorry crash were due to fly to Las Vegas next day

The crash happened when the white Toyota Yaris the cabin crew were travelling in collided with a white Mercedes HGV at a junction in Stanwell, Surrey, at 11.39pm on New Year’s Eve 

BA flight attendants killed in New Year's Eve lorry crash were due to fly to Las Vegas next day

The driver of the lorry was unharmed and taken to hospital as a precaution following the crash

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