Thirty two Kenyans are among the 157 people who have died in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash.
According to Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia, Kenyan nationals were the majority in the plane that carried people from 34 different countries.
The CS went on to say that the government had dispatched a team to Addis Ababa that will be led by Transport Principal Secretary Koimett and Director of Air Transport Nicholas Bado to get more accurate information from the crash.
Other nationals who were aboard the ill-fated plane include; 18 Canadians, 9 Ethiopians, 8 Chinese, 8 Italians, 8 Americans, 7 French, 7 British, 6 Egyptians, 5 Dutch, 4 UN passports, 4 Indians, 3 Russians, 2 Moroccans, 2 Israelis, 1 Belgian, 1 Ugandan, 1 Yemeni, 1 Sudanese, 1 Togolese, 1 Mozambican and 1 Norwegian among others.
Uhuru and Raila
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition Chief Raila Odinga are among leaders that have mourned victims of the Ethiopian Airlines crash.
In tweets through their official accounts, the two leaders said that they were saddened by the crash and they will remember families of the victims in prayers.
“We are saddened by the news of an Ethiopian Airlines passenger aircraft that is reported to have crashed 6 minutes after takeoff en route to Kenya. My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board,” tweeted President Uhuru.
Ethiopian Airlines confirmed that all the 149 passengers on board ET302 and 8 cabin crew had died.
In a statement, Ethiopian Airlines said that flight ET 302/10 which took off at 8:38 AM crashed around Bishoftu area (Debre Zeit).
The statement further said that the aircraft B-737-800 MAX which left Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa lost contact with the control room at around 8:44 AM.