Published On: Thu, May 19th, 2016

EgyptAir flight crashes with 66 on board


According to, the plane was an Airbus A320 and its last known position was above the Mediterranean Sea.

Related: EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo disappears from radar: Airline


National carrier EgyptAir said a plane carrying 69 passengers and crew on a flight from Paris to Cairo had gone missing on Thursday, disappearing from radar over the Mediterranean Sea.

“An official source at EgyptAir stated that Flight MS804, which departed Paris at 23:09 (CEST), heading to Cairo has disappeared from radar,” the airline said on its official Twitter account.

Later Tweets by EgyptAir said the plane, which was travelling at an altitude of 37,000 feet (11,280 metres), disappeared soon after entering Egyptian airspace. The aircraft was carrying 59 passengers and 10 crew.

According to, the plane was an Airbus A320 and its last known position was above the Mediterranean Sea.



Greece: EgyptAir pilot reported no problems

The director of Greece’s Civil Aviation Authority says air traffic controllers were in contact with the pilot of the EgyptAir flight as it passed through Greek airspace.

The director, Constantine Lyzerakos, said the plane was at 37,000 feet, traveling at 519 mph, and did not report any problem.

Lyzerakos told private Antenna television that controllers tried to make contact with the pilot 10 miles before the flight exited the Greek Flight Information Range (FIR), but the pilot did not respond. Lyzerakos says controllers continued trying to contact the pilot until 3:39 a.m. Greek time (1239 GMT) when the plane disappeared from the radar.

Lyzerakos says the plane was in Cairo’s FIR when it vanished.


11:46 am

EgyptAir plane crashed off Greek island of Karpathos in Egyptian airspace: Greek airport source

An EgyptAir flight which disappeared from radar screens en route from Paris to Cairo early Thursday, crashed into the sea off the southern Greek island of Karpathos while in Egyptian airspace, a Greece aviation source told AFP.

“At around 0029 GMT (3:29 am) when it was in Egyptian airspace, the plane disappeared from Greek radars… it crashed around 130 nautical miles off the island of Karpathos,” the source told AFP.



Egypt’s PM says no cause ruled out for crash

Egypt’s state news agency quotes Prime Minister Sherif Ismail as saying he can’t “rule out” any possibility when asked whether a terrorist attack is behind the missing plane. He said there was no “distress call” but there was a “signal” received from the plane.



Cause of flight’s disappearance still unknown:EgyptAir

EgyptAir said the cause of the disappearance of its Paris-Cairo flight over the Mediterranean on Thursday was still unclear as search teams scoured the waters off the Egyptian coast.

“The cause of the airplane’s disappearance is not yet known,” the airline said in a statement.


11:25 am

France offers military help in EgyptAir search

France is offering to send military planes and boats to help search for an EgyptAir flight that disappeared en route from Paris to Cairo.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says the government is in constant contact with Egyptian authorities since the plane’s disappearance early Thursday

He said: “We are at the disposition of the Egyptian authorities with our military capacities, with our planes, our boats to help in the search for this plane.”

He spoke after French President Francois Hollande held an emergency meeting at the Elysee Palace.

Ayrault confirmed 15 French people were on the flight. “We imagine the anguish of the families.”

Relatives of passengers on a vanished EgyptAir flight have started arriving at Charles de Gaulle Airport outside Paris, where their loved ones boarded the aircraft.

A man and a woman, identified by airport staff as relatives of the flight’s passengers, sat at an information desk near the EgyptAir counter Thursday at the airport’s Terminal 1. The woman was sobbing, holding her face in a handkerchief.

The two were led away by police and airport staff and did not speak to journalists.

The French government is setting up a crisis center for relatives at the airport.



Aviation officials: EgyptAir plane carrying 66 has crashed

An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board crashed in the Mediterranean Sea early Thursday morning, Egyptian aviation officials said.

EgyptAir Flight 804 was lost from radar at 2:45 a.m. local time when it was flying at 37,000 feet, the airline said. It said the Airbus A320 had vanished 10 miles (16 kilometers) after it entered Egyptian airspace, around 280km (175 miles) off the country’s coastline north of the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria.

The aviation officials later said the plane crashed and that a search for debris was now underway. The “possibility that the plane crashed has been confirmed,” as the plane hasn’t landed in any of the nearby airports, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The official said a signal had been picked up from the plane two hours after it disappeared from radar, thought to have been an emergency beacon

Egyptian military aircraft and navy ships were taking part in a search operation off Egypt’s Mediterranean coast to locate the plane. The plane was carrying 56 passengers, including one child and two babies, and 10 crew members. The pilot had 6,000 flight hours.

EgyptAir later said those on board included 15 French passengers, 30 Egyptians, one Briton, two Iraqis, one Kuwaiti, one Saudi, one Sudanese, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Belgian, one Algerian and one Canadian.

Egypt’s state-run newspaper Al-Ahram quoted an airport official as saying the pilot did not send a distress call, and that last contact with the plane was made 10 minutes before it disappeared from radar. It did not identify the official.



EgyptAir plane sent distress message before vanishing: airline

A missing EgyptAir flight sent a distress message before vanishing from radar screens on Thursday that was detected by the military, the airline said in a statement.

The message was received at 0226 GMT, less than 10 minutes before the flight disappeared, an EgyptAir official told AFP.



French PM says ‘no theory can be ruled out’ on missing EgyptAir flight

France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Thursday “no theory can be ruled out” in the missing EgyptAir flight which disappeared en route to Cairo from Paris.

“No theory can be ruled out on the cause of this disappearance,” said Valls, speaking after the plane vanished from radar over the Mediterranean with 66 people on board.

French President Francois Hollande and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have “agreed to cooperate closely” to establish the circumstances of the disappearance as soon as possible, Paris said.

The Egyptian military said it had deployed search aircraft and naval vessels to scour the Mediterranean for signs of the missing Airbus A320.

An EgyptAir official said the search was focused on an area of sea north of the Egyptian coast, without providing a precise location.



Egyptian officials believe missing EgyptAir plane crashed into sea

An EgyptAir plane missing with 66 people on board probably crashed into the sea, officials from the airline and the Egyptian civil aviation said on Thursday.

The Airbus A320 aircraft flying from Paris to Cairo went missing on Thursday, disappearing from radar over the Mediterranean Sea, EgyptAir said earlier.

Egypt’s state newspaper Ahram reported that there had been no distress call from the plane and that the last contact with the pilot was about 10 minutes before the aircraft disappeared.


8: 20am

The maker of the EgyptAir plane that has gone missing on a flight from Paris to Cairo says it’s unclear what happened.

Airbus spokesman Jacques Rocca says Thursday the company is aware of the disappearance but “we have no official information at this stage of the certitude of an accident.”

The A320 is one of the most widely used Airbus planes, a single-aisle plane that usually seats about 150 people and is used for short- and medium-range flights around the world. Nearly 4,000 are in operation, according the company’s website.

Greece is participating in the search and rescue operation for the missing EgyptAir flight with two aircraft. Helicopters are on standby on the southern island of Karpathos for potential rescue or recovery operations.

The Hellenic National Defense General Staff said one frigate is also heading to the area where the plane disappeared and is about 100 nautical miles or 4 hours away at this time.


8:00 am

Egypt air is following the situation closely with the competent authorities through the integrated operations centre.

The company also provides free contact numbers for parents: 080077770000 from any landline in Egypt and + 202 25989320 outside Egypt or any mobile in Egypt.

The aircraft commander flying hours are 6275 hours including 2101 hours on the same model and the Copilot is 2766 hours.



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