First British victim of Ethiopian crash named as 36 year old from Devon

Joanna Toole
Environmental campaigner Joanna Toole, 36, was a passenger on the doomed Ethiopian Airlines flight. Photo: Facebook

The first of seven Britons to have died in the Ethiopian Airways crash this morning has been named as 36-year-old Joanne Toole from Devon.

She was reportedly travelling alone on the Ethiopian Airlines flight for her work with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Described as a ‘passionate environmentalist’, she was on her way to Kenya to represent the organisation at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi.

Joanna Toole
Ms Toole’s father has said his daughter was a “very soft and loving” woman. Photo: Facebook

Her father Adrian Toole, from Exmouth, head the news from her partner who confirmed she had been on-board the flight before it crashed.

In a Twitter post, FAO Director Manuel Barange described Joanna as “a wonderful human being, who loved her work with a passion”.

Joanna Toole
Joanna Toole was on her way to Nairobi to represent FAO at an UNEA meeting. Photo: Twitter/Manu_FAO

Ethiopian Airlines earlier confirmed that all 157 people on the flight ET302 had been killed in the crash minutes after taking off from Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. Among the 33 nationalities on-board were seven British people and one Irish passenger.

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