British humanitarian worker becomes 7th named Ethiopian Airlines crash casualty

Oliver Vick
45 year old Oliver Vick was among the casualties of the Ethiopian Airlines ET302 crash. Photo: Twitter/UNSomalia

A humanitarian worker from Wargrave in Berkshire has been named as the latest British casualty of Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines disaster. 

45-year-old Oliver Vick was travelling to his posting with the United Nations in Somalia when the flight crashed outside Addis Ababa on Sunday.

Mr Vick is the seventh Briton to have been named among the dead along with Joanna TooleSarah AuffretJoseph WaithakaSam Pegram, Sahra Hassan Said and Nasrudin Abdulkadir. Irish national Michael Ryan was also on board the doomed flight.

In a statement, the father-of-two’s family said: “Olly was well-loved and had an energy and zest for life which lifted and inspired all that met him.”

His colleagues at the UN Assistance Mission in Somali said: “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, who helped to bring parliamentary elections to Afghanistan, died alongside his partner Jessica Hyba, a 43-year-old Canadian national who worked for the UN’s refugee agency. 

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