British joint Minister of State at the Foreign Office and Department for International Development, Harriett Baldwin has sent her condolences with those affected by the Ethiopian Airlines crash through her Twitter account.
“Shocked to learn of plane crash in Ethiopia this morning. We send our thoughts to all the families of those involved,” she said.
According to a press release from the airline, “The aircraft B-737-800MAX with registration number ET- AVJ took off at 08:38 am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44am.”
The British Embassy in Ethiopia and High Commission in Kenya are working in their respective countries of operation to establish whether any UK nationals were on board, and provide consular support if necessary.
Charge d’affairs at the Irish Embassy, Lisa Doherty described the news as “desperately sad”, adding “all thoughts with those affected”.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has also used Twitter to pass on his condolences.
“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,” he posted.
Anyone worried that a British loved one may have been affected by the tragic crash of Ethiopian Airlines ET302 should call Ethiopian’s emergency numbers:
You can also call the Foreign Office on +44207 008 1500 or British Embassy Addis Ababa on +251 116 170 100.