EgyptAir Plane Disappears From Radar Between Paris, Cairo
An EgyptAir flight has gone missing between Paris and Cairo, the airline has confirmed.
The company tweeted that flight number MS804 departed Paris at 23:09 (CEST) (approximately 7am AEST) heading towards Cairo.
An informed source at EGYPTAIR stated that Flight no MS804,which departed Paris at 23:09 (CEST),heading to Cairo has disappeared from radar.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 19, 2016
EGYPTAIR media centre will update as more information becomes available.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 19, 2016
According to the airline's translated tweets the flight lost contact at 0245 Cairo time.
"An official source said Egypt Air Egypt plane flight number MS804 lost contact with radar at 02:45 Cairo time," EgyptAir tweeted.
"She was on the rise and the ability of 37.000 ft and disappeared before entering Egyptian airspace by 80 miles (10 minutes)."
This was then amended to the following.
EGYPTAIR A320 was at a height of 37.000ft, and disappeared after entering the Egyptian airspace with 10 miles.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 19, 2016
First reports from ABC News suggest there were 59 passengers and 10 crew onboard.
This number was revised to 56 passengers.
An informed source at EGYPTAIR declared that its flight number MS804 had 56 passengers on board.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 19, 2016
including 1 child and 2 infants in addition to 3 EGYPTAIR security personnel and 7 cabin crew with a total of 66 persons on board.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 19, 2016
Noteworthy that the aircraft pilot has 6275 of flying hours including 2101 flying hours on Airbus 320.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 19, 2016
As for the co-pilot he has 2766 flying hours. The manufacturing date of the aircraft in 2003.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 19, 2016
Special teams from the Egyptian Armed Forces were are at site located for inspection and rescue.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 19, 2016
According to flight radar, the plane disappeared 80 miles from entering Egypt's airspace, while flying over water.
Rescue teams and the relevant authorities have been contacted.
EGYPTAIR has contacted the concerned authorities and bodies and inspection is underway through the rescue teams.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 19, 2016
More to come.