Two Poles among dead in Ethiopian plane crash - MFA

Two Poles were among the victims of an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday, the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced.

"We are undertaking all possible activities for the good of the Poles and the families of the Poles who were killed in the catastrophe," MFA spokesperson Ewa Suwara told public TV.

An Ethiopian Airlines passenger jet bound for Nairobi crashed minutes after take-off near Addis Ababa on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board.

Polish President Andrzej Duda wrote on Sunday in a letter of condolence to Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde, that Poland's thoughts and prayers were with the victims of the disaster.

"From the first moment when information reached us about the catastrophe, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families," the president wrote. "I received news of the tragic Ethiopian Airlines passenger plane catastrophe, in which 157 people of many nationalities were killed, with huge sadness," the letter continued.

"In the name of the Polish Nation and my own, I would like to convey from the bottom of my heart expressions of deep sympathy to all those who lost loved ones. The passengers' deaths will be covered by mourning not only in the countries they came from but in the whole international community."

The airlines’ CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told a conference that passengers from over 30 countries were aboard the plane.

The cause of that crash is still under investigation.