CAIRO, May 19 – The EgyptAir confirmed on Thursday that one of its flights en route from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar earlier in the day, China’s Xinhua news agency reported, citing Egyptian official news agency MENA. The plane, an Airbus 320, was carrying 66 passengers, including one child and two new-born babies, three security staff and seven crew numbers, the Egyptian airline said via its Twitter account.
According to Xinhua 30 Egyptians, 15 French and 11 other nationals were onboard the plane. The news agency also reported EgyptAir as saying that the Egyptian army had received a distress message from the missing plane. The EgyptAir flight MS804, which was flying at an altitude of 37,000 feet (11,280 metres), was 10 miles (16 km) inside Egyptian airspace when losing contact with the radar at 2:45 a.m. Cairo time (0045 GMT), said MENA, citing an official source in the company.
The company also stated that the aircraft commander’s flying hours are 6,275 including 2,101 hours on the same model and the Copilot’s is 2,766 hours. Manufactured in 2003, the plane was scheduled to leave Paris at 11:09 pm local time (2109 GMT) on Wednesday night for a three hour and 45 minute journey.
In the meanwhile, the EgyptAir also added that the relevent authorities and inspection team, including Egyptian and Greek military jets, are carrying out search and rescue operations. The company is following the situation through the integrated operations centre.