People walk past a part of the wreckage at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Tiksa Negeri, Reuters
People walk past a part of the wreckage at the scene of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET 302 plane crash, near the town of Bishoftu, southeast of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Tiksa Negeri, Reuters

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday sent a condolence message to the families and friends of the 157 people who died in an Ethiopian Airlines jet crash earlier in the day.

“I have, with sadness, received news about the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines flight which was destined for Nairobi (Kenya) from Addis Ababa,” Museveni said in a tweet.

“On Uganda’s behalf, I send heartfelt prayers and condolences to all those affected by this tragedy,” he said.

Okello Oryem, Uganda’s minister of state in charge of international affairs, said Uganda’s thoughts and prayers go out to families of the victims of the crash.

The Nairobi-bound Boeing 737-800 MAX crashed near Bishoftu inside Ethiopia, six minutes after takeoff en route to Kenya, carrying 149 passengers and eight crew members. Enditem

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