In the early morning hours today authorities and Egyptair broke the news that one of their aircraft, an Airbus A320 en route from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers on board has gone missing.
The Airbus A320 which carried a very light load last night has reportedly sent out an emergency signal about 2 hours later but it’s uncertain how reliable that information is as the only source for that right now is Egyptair.
You can follow the recent developments and live news at BBC (access here).
An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo has disappeared from radar with 66 people on board, the airline says.
The Airbus A320 went missing over the eastern Mediterranean, soon after entering Egyptian airspace.
EgyptAir says it received a distress signal before the plane disappeared from radar.
There were 56 passengers – including three children – seven crew members and three security personnel on board Flight MS804, the airline said.
The airline said the passengers included 30 Egyptians, 15 French citizens, one Briton, two Iraqis, as well as people from Canada, Belgium, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan, Chad and Portugal.
Flightradar24 (see here) shows the flight disappearing short before it entered Egyptian airspace:
It wouldn’t have been long until the flight had arrived at Cairo International Airport, maybe another 30 minutes. I was just there a week ago, although flying QR/TK on that trip.
Flight MS804 left Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport at 23:09 local time on Wednesday (21:09 GMT) and was scheduled to arrive in the Egyptian capital soon after 03:00 local time on Thursday.
It was flying at 37,000ft (11,300m) over the eastern Mediterranean when contact was lost, at 02:45 Cairo time (00:45 GMT).
The Greek authorities joined Egyptian armed forces in the search operation.
The Guardian (access here) writes in respect to the emergency signal:
After the bombing of the Russian airliner last October it’s easy to jump to conclusions however one should reserve judgment of the case until more facts are known. At this time very little information is available as it usually is the case when an aircraft crashes.