EgyptAir flight 804 disappears en route from Paris to Cairo with over 60 on board
An EgyptAir flight carrying at least 59 passengers and 10 crew members went off the radar after departing from Paris and heading to Cairo, the airline said in a brief statement.
“An informed source at EGYPTAIR stated that Flight No. MS804, which departed Paris at 23:09 (CEST), heading to Cairo has disappeared from radar,” the airline said on its Twitter.
Flight MS804 left Charles de Gaulle Airport at 11:09 pm on Wednesday Paris time and was expected to arrive in Cairo by 3 am on Thursday. A direct flight usually takes just over four hours.
The Egyptian government has released no comment on the incident so far.
EgyptAir tweeted out that the flight disappeared from radar at 2:45 am Cairo time, when the plane was at an altitude of 37,000 feet (11,300 meters) and around 10 miles (16 kilometers) inside Egyptian airspace.
EgyptAir confirmed that all authorities have been informed of the missing plane, which disappeared near Greece. Rescue efforts are underway.
A source with the Egyptian army said that search and rescue teams from Egypt and Greece had been dispatched to try and locate the plane.
“EGYPTAIR has contacted the concerned authorities and bodies and inspection is underway through the rescue teams,” another tweet from the airline said.
The airline said that the pilot had accumulated 6,275 flying hours and 2,101 flying the A320 model and that the co-pilot had 2,766 hours. The plane was manufactured in 2003.
The head of Egypt’s air navigation authority Ehab Mohy el-Deen, said there was no indication of trouble before the plane vanished, said the New York Times.
“They did not radio for help or lose altitude. They just vanished,” he said.
EgyptAir has released information about the nationalities of the passengers on the plane. The airline said there were 30 Egyptians, 15 French and two Iraqi citizens on board, along with one person from each of Britain, Belgium, Portugal, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Chad, Algeria and Canada.