The grieving mum of one of three British Airways flight attendants killed in a horror New Year's Eve crash has paid a heartbreaking tribute, saying it was a "privilege to have been his mother".
Dominic Fell, 23, and colleagues Joe Finnis, 25, and Rachel Clark, 20, died and a fourth BA worker was seriously injured when his Toyota Yaris collided with a Mercedes HGV near Heathrow Airport just minutes before midnight.
The cause of the crash in Stanwell, Surrey, has not been revealed.
Mr Fell, originally from Grimsby, and the others were off-duty but were due to work a flight to Las Vegas on New Year's Day, said his devastated mum, Christina McGilligan-Fell.
Mrs McGilligan-Fell, 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.
"I have never seen such wonderful accolades from people all over the country."
Living in Swindon, Wiltshire, at the time of his death, Mr Fell had been a British Airways flight attendant for two years and had previously worked as a photographer, obtaining a photojournalism degree from University of the Arts London.
His mum said the former Tollbar Academy student was a proud "Grimsby lad".
His personalised number plate – GY05 DOM – was a 21st birthday gift that symbolised his love for the town, and he had served as a Grimsby Town mascot in 2008.
Mr Fell, who had studied for his A-levels at Grimsby Institute, had also made a book about Grimsby Fish Docks for his Bachelor of Arts degree in photojournalism.
Mrs McGilligan-Fell said: "He had a great interest and love for the local area."
Overwhelmed by the tributes and outpouring of love following her son's death, she added: "I want to thank everybody for their support and the tributes to Dominic. They have been very heartening.
"He left his indelible mark on the lives of so many others."
A fundraising campaign – called the "BA Angels Fund" – set up to support the deceased victims' families and the 25-year-old woman who survived the crash has so far raised more than £80,000.
BA flight attendant Stephen Crook, who set up the GoFundMe page, has set a new target of £100,000.
Ms Clark, from London, had just started her dream job as a flight attendant after completing a six-week training course in November.
She had excitedly posted photos from her first trips – to Seattle, Lisbon and Gothenburg – after joining the airline.
She wrote after completing her training: "What a crazy 6 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."
Mr Finnis was a former RAF cadet who lived in Southampton and was from London, according to his Facebook page. He worked as a cabin crew member and had undergone pilot training with CTC in the past.
Owned by dnata, the Mercedes HGV was delivering goods to Heathrow Airport when it collided with the Yaris about 20 minutes before midnight.
A company spokesman said it was "assisting relevant authorities with their investigation".
The HGV driver was taken to hospital as a precaution.
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