Departing France just before 11 p.m. local time, EgyptAir flight MS804 carrying 66 people on board vanished from radar 10 minutes after allegedly sending out a distress call as the plane passed over the Mediterranean Sea.
It has been reported that a joint search and rescue party has been launched in the search for EgyptAir flight MS804 that disappeared approximately ten miles into Egyptian airspace, at around 2:30 a.m. Cairo time. Just before the disappearance of the plane, it allegedly sent out a distress call. This claim has been denied by the Egyptian army and remains unconfirmed.
At 5:09 a.m. local time, the Greek Embassy in the United Kingdom released confirmation they would join the search and rescue efforts underway for the downed EgyptAir flight.
The final contact with the plane showed it to be flying over the Mediterranean, between the islands Crete and Cyprus. Airbus released a statement confirming the loss of the EgyptAir flight. The company stated the specific aircraft involved had accumulated more than 48,000 miles and it sends its regards out to those affected by this tragedy.
The plane departed Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy Airport) at 11:09 p.m. Paris time with 56 passengers and 10 crew aboard, heading for Cairo. Among the passengers, there were 30 Egyptians, 15 French, one British, one Belgium, two Iraqis, one Kuwaiti, and one Saudi. One passenger for each of the following nationalities were reported to be aboard the flight, Sudanese, Chadian, Algerian, Portuguese, and Canadian.
EgyptAir has not released much information regarding the disappearance, except to deny allegations regarding the disappearance of the plane and to insist news media outlets wait until the facts have been released to report instead of speculating around the reason behind the crash.
This is an emerging story. It will be updated as more details are released.
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