Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho together with his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi have joined the world in mourning the passengers and crew members who perished in the Ethiopian airline crash.

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Both governors took to social media to share their heartfelt condolences to the affected families and to the world at large.

Sources indicated that the aircraft, a Boeing 737 MAX 8, set from the airport in Ethiopia at around 0838hr was expected to land at Jomo Kenyatta Intentional Airport (JKIA) at around 1035hr on Sunday.

After six minutes airborne, the plane crashed near Bishoftu, southeast of the Ethiopian capital with none of the 157 people on board surviving.

32 Kenyans were among the total 157 people on board.

"I join family members, friends and relatives to mourn the 149 passengers and crew members among them 32 Kenyans who perished early today in the Ethiopian airline crash.It is a sad moment for all of us and I wish those directly and indirectly affected strength and patience during this trying time. May the Almighty rest the souls of the departed in eternal peace," Joho posted.

"I am deeply saddened by the news an Ethiopian Airlines passenger aircraft that is reported to have crashed 6 minutes after takeoff en route to Kenya. On behalf of myself and the people of Kilifi County, I wish to send our heartfelt condolences to the families, relatives and friends of the deceased. We stand in solidarity with the families during this difficult time," Kingi posted.