President Cyril Ramaphosa has, on behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, expressed his sadness and sent a message of condolences to affected families following Sunday morning’s crash of an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft, the presidency said.

Flight ET302/10 was on its scheduled service from Addis Ababa to Nairobi in Kenya when it crashed shortly after take-off. The airline said the plane was carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members.

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Ramaphosa said the thoughts of the South African people were “with the sisterly people of all the affected countries, especially the sisterly people of Ethiopia and Kenya”, the presidency said in a statement.

The South African diplomatic missions in Addis Ababa and Nairobi had been directed to work with the airline and ascertain whether there were any passengers in the aircraft travelling on South African passports, the statement said.

– African News Agency

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