British humanitarian worker, 45, named as British crash victim

British humanitarian worker, 45, who helped bring elections to Afghanistan was killed in Ethiopian Airlines crash alongside his Canadian partner

  • Oliver Vick was killed when the Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crashed near Addis Ababa
  • The 43-year-old died alongside Jessica Hyba who worked for UN refugee agency
  • Relatives described him as ‘well-loved’ and ‘inspiring’ while colleagues at the UN’s Assistance Mission in Somalia called him ‘passionate’ and ‘talented’

Oliver Vick (pictured), 45, has been named as another British victim of the Ethiopia crash

A 45-year-old UN worker who helped to bring elections to Afghanistan has been named as another British victim of the Ethiopian Airlines disaster. 

Oliver Vick, who was described as ‘inspiring’ and ‘well-loved’ by relatives, was on his way to Somalia when the Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crashed near Addis Ababa. 

He died in the crash alongside his partner Jessica Hyba, a 43-year-old Canadian national who worked for the UN’s refugee agency. 

Mr Vick, who worked for an assistance mission in Somalia, was one of numerous crash victims connected to the United Nations. 

His family told BBC News: ‘Olly was well-loved and had an energy and zest for life which lifted and inspired all that met him.’  

His UN colleagues said in a statement: ‘Deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague Oliver Vick in the Ethiopia plane crash.

‘We express our heartfelt sympathies to his family and loved ones and mourn the loss of a passionate and talented friend who worked tirelessly for peace in Somalia. 

‘We will miss Olly every day.’ 

Mr Vick had two daughters from a previous marriage and hailed from Wargrave, Berkshire, The Times reported. 

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Former colleague Timur Nusratty said he had met Mr Vick when he worked on Afghan elections in 2005. 

The country held its first elections since the fall of the Taliban that year after the U.S.-led invasion in 2001. 

Mr Nusratty said he ‘took his work very seriously’ and said: ‘He was very sociable. I liked him from the first time I met him.’    

Oliver Vick, left who was described as ‘inspiring’ and ‘well-loved’ by relatives, was on his way to Somalia when the Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crashed near Addis Ababa. He died alongside his Canadian partner Jessica Hyba, right, who worked for the UN’s refugee agency 

His partner Ms Hyba, who had two daughters aged nine and 12, was working for UNHCR in Mogadishu, Somalia. 

She was one of three refugee agency workers killed in the crash, along with Sudanese national Nadia Ali, 40, and Rwandan Jackson Musoni, 31. 

Mr Vick was one of nine British victims of the crash. 

Fellow UN worker Joanna Toole, polar expert Sarah Auffet, former probation worker Joseph Waithaka, aid worker Sam Pegram and British-Somali dual nationals Sarah Hassan Said and Nasrudin Abdulakir also died in Sunday’s air disaster. 

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said: ‘I was deeply saddened to hear of the devastating loss of life following the plane crash in Ethiopia.

‘At this very difficult time my thoughts are with the families and friends of the British citizens on board and all those affected by this tragic incident.’ 

Yesterday Britain’s aviation chiefs banned the 737 Max plane from UK airspace, a move later replicated by the rest of Europe. 

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said its ruling was ‘a precautionary measure’ and would remain in place ‘until further notice’. 

But U.S. officials said said that their review had so far provided ‘no basis to order grounding the aircraft’.  

Briton Joanna Toole (left) and French-British dual national Sarah Auffret (right) have been named among victims of the air disaster in Ethiopia 

Nasrudin Abdulkadir and his mother Sarah Hassan Said, both Somali-British nationals, died on the doomed plane, the FCO confirmed on Monday evening

Sam Pegram (left), a 25-year-old aid worker, and Kenyan-British dual national Joseph Waithaka  (right) – who used to live in Hull – were also among the 149 passengers killed 

Three Kenyan child cancer specialists died in air disaster 

Three Kenyan healthcare workers who specialised in childhood cancer were killed in Sunday’s air disaster in Ethiopia, it has emerged. 

Jayne Kamau, Bella Jaboma and Dr Grace Kariuki were among 157 passengers who died when the Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crashed within minutes of take-off from Addis Ababa. 

The cancer specialists were returning from a medical conference in Cairo, the International Society of Paediatric Oncology revealed. 

Expert health care workers Grace Kariuki, left, and Jayne Kamau, right, were among the 157 passengers killedin the Ethiopian Airlines disaster on Sunday 

Tributes were paid to the three victims from across the world of medicine as colleagues mourned a ‘great loss’.   

Ms Jaboma was presenting her research on childhood cancer at the conference, her brother Allan said on a fundraising page. 

Describing her as a ‘selfless daughter, sister and friend’, he said she had hosted parties which would ‘bring joy to young cancer patients’.  

Cancer specialist Bella Jaboma, pictured, also died in the crash. Her brother Allan called her a ‘selfless daughter, sister and friend’ 

Dr Kariuki’s colleagues at Kenya’s disease control agency said they were ‘deeply saddened by her death’, saying she was ‘passionate’ about her field’.   

The oncology society said: ‘[We] would like to offer our heartfelt condolences and solidarity to the friends we have lost, their families, their work colleagues and the children with cancer for whom they cared so well, all of whom are now bereft. 

‘We offer our sympathies too to the families of all those who have lost a loved one and all those affected by this terrible accident. We will keep them in our thoughts and prayers.’

The American Childhood Cancer Organization said the three experts’ death was a ‘huge loss’. 

‘ACCO joins the international childhood cancer community to mourn the loss of three Kenyan colleagues,’ they said in a statement.   

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