HEARTBROKEN friends of three British Airways cabin crew “angels” killed in a New Year’s Eve crash have raised more than £25,000.
The “BA Angels Fund” was set up after two stewards, aged 23 and 25, died along with a female colleague in a 80mph smash near Heathrow Airport.
Another victim, a 25-year-old stewardess, is fighting for life after the group’s Toyota Yaris crashed with a lorry on their way to a party in Stanwell, Surrey shortly before midnight.
The devastated BA “family” has since united to raise thousands of the victims’ families.
More than £20,000 had been donated to charity, and to help the crew member in hospital.
Stephen Crook, a fellow BA crew member, praised the “amazing” support after setting up the page.
‘FLY HIGH PRECIOUS ANGELS’
He wrote: “Rest In Peace Guys, Go Fly The Skies Eternal.”
One kind-hearted person added “fly high precious angels”, as BA crews from all over the world paid tribute and donated.
Another wrote: “For the families of my colleagues who I had the absolute pleasure to fly alongside.”
Two of the cabin crew members had just landed at Heathrow airport and were driving to a pub with their pals when the tragedy struck.
BA bosses were offering counselling to dumbstruck staff struggling to comprehend their devastating loss yesterday.
Police struggled to identify the victims and contacted the airline after spotting their work IDs in the mangled wreckage of the 11.39pm crash near the airport.
The “mixed fleet” flying crew were travelling in a white Toyota Yaris which careered into a white Mercedes HGV.
Blood was still visible on the side of the caved-in car yesterday and debris, including suitcases and a trainer, was scattered across the road.
It was carnage. They managed to get three of them out and perform CPR.
The HGV – destined for Heathrow – left the road after the collision and ploughed into Longford River.
The lorry driver, working for air services provider Dnata, was taken to hospital as a precaution and no arrests have been made.
Those at the scene added that the area was like a “war zone with bits left all over the road”.
Among grieving BA colleagues was the engineering manager father of one of the dead.
One of the deceased was a twin whose brother is overseas and still unaware of the tragedy.
An onlooker said: “We heard the two women in the rear of the car screaming.
“They had no chance, the car was doing at least 80 miles an hour as it pulled out of the junction into the path of the lorry.”
One senior airline worker told The Sun: “There are no words, we are numb.
“These brilliant young BA crew were looking forward to seeing in the new decade. It is so cruel.”
One of the dead crew was due to fly on a scheduled BA trip to Las Vegas today.
BA bosses said to The Sun: “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.”.
Meanwhile, a 37-year-old man was killed just minutes into the New Year after a silver BMW 3-series crashed into a tree in Walsall, West Midlands.
And in another tragedy, a 64-year-old man was killed when a car and HGV collided about 11.53pm in Caergeiliog, Anglesey, North Wales.
Just a few hours later, a 59-year-old man died in a crash in Fallowfield, Manchester.
The man was rushed to hospital after the collision unfolded about 3.30am on New Year’s Day.
Another five people were badly injured after the black Mercedes C43 AMG and Skoda Octavia collided head on.
It comes after three teens were stabbed during a New Year’s house party, with a number of people arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
Please report any information via 101 and quote the reference number PR/P19303422 in relation to the Surrey crash.