Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Welsh woman killed in plane crash

A Welsh woman has died in a plane crash in Libya (AP)
A Welsh woman has died in a plane crash in Libya (AP)

A mother-of-two from Wales is among the victims of a horrific plane crash in Libya which killed all but one of those on board.

The Afriqiyah Airways jet broke up after coming down short of the runway in Tripoli on Wednesday, leaving 103 people dead. The only survivor was a nine-year-old Dutch boy who had been on safari in South Africa with his parents and brother.

Among those killed in the crash were two Britons and an Irish novelist who was flying to London to sign a book deal after being delayed by the volcanic ash chaos.

Priscilla Collick, 52, from Swansea, South Wales, was one of the passengers on the ill-fated Flight 8U771 from Johannesburg to Tripoli.

Her elder son, Sean Collick, 24, told the South Wales Evening Post his mother was on her way home after visiting relatives in South Africa.

He told the paper: "It is going to be a great loss to me. It doesn't seem real at the moment. I don't know what I am going to do without her."

Mrs Collick was a night shift worker at an Asda store in Llanelli, South Wales, where she had been employed for 12 years. Store manager Phil Hole said: "Priscilla had been at the store since the very day it opened and was a popular and integral part of the team. Our thoughts are with her family."

Irish writer Bree O'Mara, 42, who lived in South Africa, was also killed when the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 crashed in the Libyan capital. Ms O'Mara had been due to meet British publishers to sign a contract for her latest novel, Nigel Watson, Superhero, which is set in London.

The airline said 58 Dutch passengers, six South Africans, two Britons, two Libyans, two Austrians, one German, one French national and one Zimbabwean were on board the flight. The nationalities of 19 other passengers have yet to be confirmed, but all 11 crew were Libyan.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said officials were continuing to investigate whether any other Britons were on the flight.

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