The Addis Ababa-Nairobi route links East Africa’s two

largest economic powers and is popular with tourists making their way to safari and other destinations. Sunburned travel

ers and tour groups crowd the Addis Ababa airport’s waiting areas, along with businessmen from China and elsewhere.

“I came to the airport to receive my brother but I have been to

ld there is a problem,” Agnes Muilu said. “I just pray that he is safe or he was not on it.”

Kenya’s transport minister, James Macharia, said that authorities had not yet r

eceived the passenger manifest. He said an emergency response had been set up for family and friends.

“My prayers go to all the families and associates of those on board,” Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

In a statement, Boeing said it was “deeply saddened” to hear of the crash and that a techni

cal team was ready to provide assistance at the request of the US National Transportation Safety Board.

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