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Tributes paid to ‘BA angels’ killed in car as pals pledge £70k

‘Kind and beautiful’: Rachel Clark, 20, was just weeks into her flight attendant job when she died in New Year’s Eve collision

THREE British Airways cabin crew members who were killed in a car crash on New Year’s Eve were paid tribute by shocked colleagues yesterday.

Rachel Clark, 20, Joe Finnis, 25, and 23-year-old Dominic Fell died when their Toyota Yaris collided with a lorry near Heathrow Airport at 11.40pm on December 31. A 25-year-old stewardess, who was also in the car, survived but was in a serious condition yesterday.

Tragedy: BA crew member Joe Finnis died alongside three colleagues near Heathrow

A BA Angels Fund on GoFundMe had raised more than £70,000 by last night.

Flight attendant Ms Clark, from south-west London, who was just a few weeks into her new job, was praised as ‘kind and intelligent’.

Her friend Marnee Burgess said on Facebook: ‘I can’t believe you’re gone. I will never forget that beautiful smile that lights up every room you enter.’

Henry Ambrose said of Mr Finnis, from Southampton: ‘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.’ Mr Fell (pictured above), from Grimsby, had been at BA for two years and loved photography.

Wrecked: The crew’s Toyota Yaris car

Commenting on the fundraiser, Ben Nunn said: ‘Had the pleasure of spending a small amount of time with Dom. Amazing young man. Such devastating news.’ While Elaine Pearse said: ‘Too young, too soon. My daughter’s friends. Dom, I met you once, made a lasting impression, lovely lad, cheeky smile, RIP.’

Stephen Crook, who set up the fund for flowers and a charity donation of the families’ choosing, said: ‘I know that as a fleet we will pull together and make this happen.’ All four were off-duty at the time of the crash in Stanwell, Surrey. The HGV driver was unhurt and no arrests have been made.