British death toll from tragic Ethiopian Airlines plane rises to nine

Mail Online | 3/12/2019 | Joel Adams For Mailonline
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Nine Britons were killed in the Ethiopian Airlines flight which crashed yesterday morning - two more than was feared.

The Foreign Office revised up the number of British victims today after discovering that some of them had dual nationality.

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Today it emerged that British-Somali passengers Sarah Hassan Said and Nasrudin Abdulakir were killed when the Boeing 737 Max 8 jet came down within minutes of take-off from Addis Ababa on Sunday.

Another British victim was named tonight as Sam Pegram, a 25-year-old aid worker who grew up in Lancashire.

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Mr Pegram's old secondary school, Penwortham Priory Academy, confirmed their old pupil's death and said he was remembered 'with great fondness'.

In addition to UN worker Joanna Toole, polar expert Sarah Auffet and Joseph Waithaka from Hull, the latest news means that six out of nine British victims have now been named.

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At least 12 passengers, including Ms Toole, from Exmouth, Devon, were travelling to Nairobi for a UN environment gathering.

The father of UN animal welfare worker Ms Toole, 36 described her as a 'very soft and loving person' and said: 'It's hard to imagine life without her'.

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On Twitter Ms Toole had described herself as an 'ocean protectionist, lover of yoga and vegan foodie' who was 'passionate' about the Earth.

Nine Britons, one Irishman, 18 Canadians and eight Americans were among 149 passengers and eight crew killed when the plane came down near the town of Bishoftu.

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Flight-tracking data showed the plane's vertical speed had fluctuated wildly in the last seconds before the crash, though experts say it is too early to say what caused the disaster.

Ms Toole's father Adrian told Sky News: 'It's dreadful she won't be able to carry on her work. I don't think I'll ever give up expecting her to ring.'


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