Three people have been killed in a crash near Heathrow Airport on New Year’s Eve.
British Airways has confirmed that the three casualties were members of the airline’s cabin crew and were killed following a collision between two cars near the airport.
Two men, aged 25 and 23, and a 20-year-old woman died at the scene and a fourth casualty – a 25-year-old woman – remains in a serious condition in hospital.
The off-duty BA cabin crew were in a white Toyota Yaris which collided with a white Mercedes HGV at the junction of Bedfont Road and Long Lane in Stanwell, Surrey, at 11.39pm.
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.
The lorry driver was taken to hospital as a precaution.
It is believed that all four cabin crew were friends and two of them had finished work at about 6pm, while the other two were on a day off and not scheduled to be on duty.
A BA spokesman said: “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.”
Sergeant Chris Schultze, of Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those involved in this collision at what is an extremely difficult time.
“We are continuing to appeal for witnesses to what happened and would urge anyone who may have any video footage, CCTV or dash cam or any other kind, to get in touch with us.”
A spokesman for dnata – which provides ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services to airlines – said: “We can confirm that one of our trucks was involved in a road traffic accident on the evening of December 31.
“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 local driver, who did not want to be named, said the crash scene looked “bad”.
He described it as “a bad road” that needs widening, adding: “You would be amazed how many accidents have happened down that road.”
The road was closed this morning while the lorry was recovered.