Sad news out of London, where a deadly crash on New Year’s Eve killed three British Airways cabin crew members and seriously injured a fourth.
A Mercedes HGV big rig (or “lorry” in the UK) plowed into a Toyota Yaris shortly before midnight. The impact sent the big rig into the Longford River and killed three of the four vehicle occupants upon impact. The cabin crew members were all in their 20s, with two men, aged 23 and 25, and one woman, aged 20 dying. A second woman, aged 25, is in serious condition in a London hospital. The lorry driver was not injured.
The big rig was owned by dnata, which provides a host of services to airlines at London Heathrow. A dnata spokesperson said:
“We are fully assisting relevant authorities with their investigations. Our thoughts and condolences are with the families of those affected by this very sad incident.”
A British Airways spokesperson added:
“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.”
It is not clear how the accident occurred. Police have asked for anyone with more information or CCTV footage to come forward.
“Please report any information via 101 and quote the reference number PR/P19303422.”
Flying Vs. Driving
With utmost respect to those who have died, I cover this story to point out an inconvenient truth to those who decry flying: it remains vastly safer than driving. Driving is a treacherous business, killing more than 3,000 people per day, on average (source). That statistic certainly does not make any air crash less significant, but it helps us understand how much safer, on average, it is to fly than to drive.
Earlier this week I traveled from Heathrow into Central London and then back. It’s a treacherous road around the airport, even for a resident. On the way back to the airport, we witnessed the scene of a deadly crash on M4 that snarled traffic for miles. My thoughts and prayers are also with the families of the deceased today. Stay safe on the roads…
image: British Airways