Thursday, May 19, 2016

EgyptAir flight 804 disappears from radar en route from Paris to Cairo

© Mohamed Abd El Ghany

An EgyptAir Airbus A320 carrying at least 56 passengers and 10 crew members went off the radar after departing from Paris and heading to Cairo, the airline said in a brief statement.

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“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.

EgyptAir tweeted out that its Airbus A320 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.

Conflicting reports have emerged as to the number of people on board. Ahmed Abdel, Egypt Air’s vice-chairman said in an interview with CNN that there were 56 passengers, 3 security personnel, 2 cockpit crew members, and 5 cabin crew members on board – 66 people in total – contradicting previous claims.

He also stated no distress signal had been sent from the missing plane.