Egyptair flight MS804 goes missing with 66 on board
Published on : Thursday, May 19, 2016
Another ill-fated day in the history of aviation as an EgyptAir flight carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew members goes missing.
The flight from Paris to Cairo went missing on Thursday, disappearing from radar over the Mediterranean Sea, as Egypt’s national airline said.
There were 30 Egyptians, 15 French nationals, one Briton and one Belgian. Friends and family of those who were onboard flight MS804, who are now feared dead after officials said the plane crashed, have gathered at Cairo airport.
The airline said that the pilot had clocked up 6,275 hours of flying experience, including 2,101 hours on the A320, while the first officer had 2,766 hours.
What we know so far:
- Airline Egyptair said one of its planes disappeared from radar on a flight from Paris to Cairo
- It had 59 passengers and 10 crew are aboard
- Egyptair said flight MS804 lost contact with radar at 02:45 Cairo time
- The plane disappeared around 130km (80 miles) before entering Egyptian air space
- The plane was travelling at 37,000 feet when it disappeared from radar
- Ahmed Abdel, the vice-chairman of EgyptAir said that there was no distress call
- an unconfirmed report of the plane crash off Greek islands
- search and rescue efforts are underway at the site where contact was lost, around 280km (175 miles) north of Egypt’s coast.
- Egypt’s minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathy is due to hold press conference, but not for almost three hours
- There is no detail yet on possible reasons for the plane’s disappearance
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