An aid worker from Penwortham, near Preston, has been identified as the latest Briton to be among the 157 casualties from Sunday’s Ethiopian Airways crash near Addis Ababa.
25-year-old Sam Pegram worked for the Norwegian Refugee Council and since January had been based in Geneva. He was flying to Kenya with a colleague to deliver a training programme when the Boeing 737 Max 8 came down shortly after take-off.
Speaking to the Lancashire Post, his mother Deborah said he son was looking forward to going to Nairobi and loved the work he was doing.
“We can’t believe this has happened. We’re totally devastated,” she said.
Mr Pegram’s former school, Penwortham Priory Academy, tweeted: “Unfortunately and with great sadness, we have been informed that Sam Pegram, a former pupil of Priory, was one of the Ethiopian airline passengers. Staff who taught Sam will remember him with great fondness and our deepest condolences go to Sam’s family at this difficult time.”
The former Runshaw College pupil had dedicated his life to humanitarian work and had previously helped refugees in Jordan.
South Ribble MP Seema Kennedy reacted to last night’s news, Tweeting: “Very sad to hear that Sam Pegram from Penwortham was among those who lost their lives in the Ethiopian airlines crash. My thoughts and prayers go out to Sam’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”
Sam is one of nine Britons and an Irish national who were among the casualties of Sunday’s crash. Joanna Toole, Sarah Auffret, Joseph Waithaka, Sahra Hassan Said and Nasrudin Abdulkadir from the UK along with Michael Ryan from Ireland have also been identified as being on board the doomed flight.