JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent condolences to families affected by this morning's crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane.
It was on headed to Kenya when it crashed shortly after take-off.
Ramaphosa has asked the South African diplomatic missions in Addis Ababa and Nairobi, to ascertain whether any of the passengers were travelling on South African passports.
The airline said there were no survivors, according to the state broadcaster.
The flight left Bole airport in Addis Ababa at 8.38am local time, before losing contact with the control tower just a few minutes later at 8.44am.
"There are no survivors onboard the flight, which carried passengers from 33 countries," said state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation, quoting an unidentified source at the airline.