President Yoweri Museveni has sent his heartfelt condolences to the families that lost their loved ones in the Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet that crashed on Sunday morning.
Museveni passed his message through his twitter handle which reads, “I have, with sadness, received news about the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines flight which was destined for Nairobi from Addis Ababa. On Uganda’s behalf, I send heartfelt prayers and condolences to all those affected by this tragedy.”
The Boeing 737 passenger jet crashed on a flight from Addis Ababa to Nairobi with 149 passengers and eight crew on board.
The plane took off at 8:38 am (0638 GMT) from Bole International Airport and “lost contact” six minutes later near Bishoftu, a town about 60 kilometres (37 miles) southeast of Addis Ababa by road.
Later the airline’s spokesman issued a statement indicating that everyone on board died in the crash where 32 victims were Kenyans, one Ugandan, 18 Canadians, nine Ethiopians, eight Americans among others.
“We hereby confirm that our scheduled flight ET 302 from Addis Ababa to Nairobi was involved in an accident today,”he said.
Museveni’s message follows that of Ethiopian Prime minister Abiya Ahmed’s which read, “I would like to express its deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 on a regularly scheduled flight to Nairobi, Kenya this morning.”