Foreign Office officials sign book of condolence at Ethiopian Embassy in London following tragic crash

Ethiopian Airlines Book of Condolence in London
A representative from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office signs the book of condolence at the Ethiopian Embassy in London. Photo: Twitter/EthioEmbassyUK

Representatives from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office have signed the book of condolence in memory of the victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 which crashed on Sunday killing all 157 on board.

Among the dead were at least nine Britons an Irish national and 32 Kenyans.

In a post made on Twitter, the Ethiopian Embassy said: “We extend our condolences to the families & friends of those who perished, among them 9 British nationals.”

Ethiopian Airlines Book of Condolence in London
Another representative from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office signs the book of condolence at the Ethiopian Embassy in London. Photo: Twitter/EthioEmbassyUK

The aircraft came down near the town of Bishoftu, 60km (37 miles) south-east of the capital. While the cause of the disaster is not clear, the pilot had reported difficulties and asked to return to Addis Ababa.

Investigators have located the cockpit voice recorder and digital flight data recorder but it will be a while before any findings are made public.

According to air traffic monitor Flightradar24, while visibility was said to be good, the plane’s “vertical speed was unstable after take-off”.

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