EgyptAir says plane missing over Meditteranean
Cairo-bound EgyptAir flight has been reported missing as it lost radar communication over the Mediterranean Sea carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew.
Flight MS804 was expected to arrive in the Egyptian capital at 3:15am after departing Paris, however according to the airline, Egypt lost contact with the aircraft at 2:30am, 280km from the Egyptian seacoast.
The A320 aircraft, with a manufacturing date of 2003, is said to have been flying at a height of 37,000ft EgyptAir tweeted.
Following the incident, the airline’s twitter account stated: “EgyptAir has contacted the concerned authorities and bodies and inspection is underway through the rescue teams.
“Special teams from the Egyptian Armed Forces were at the site located for inspection and rescue.”
The airline has confirmed that the nationalities included 30 Egyptian, 15 French, two Iraqis, one British, one Belgian, one Kuwaiti, one Saudi, one Sudanese, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Algerian and one Canadian.
The pilot and co-pilot are reported to have 6275 and 2766 flying hours respectively.
EgyptAir has hosted the passengers' families near to Cairo Airport and has provided doctors, translators and all the necessary services to the passengers' family members during their stay at Cairo Airport.