Egypt Air flight disappears from radar en route from Paris

Egypt Air flight disappears from radar en route from Paris
File photo of an Egyptair plane.
PHOTO: Reuters

Update: Egypt Air has confirmed the disappearance of the plane. Authorities believe the plane could have crashed into the Mediterranean Sea after going missing for more than six hours, officials told the media in Egypt.

The Egyptian civil aviation ministry said an Egyptian military unit had received a distress signal from the plane at 0426 local time.

Egypt Air said the plane took off from Paris' Charles De Gaulle Airport shortly after 11pm local time. Airline officials said they lost contact with the flight at around 2.45am Cairo time.

Flightradar24's tracking service shows the plane missing from radar while flying over the Mediterranean Sea, which is about less than 400 miles from its destination.

EgyptAir said the plane was flying at 37,000 feet when it disappeared.

The passengers include:
- 15 French
- 30 Egyptian
- 1 British
- 1 Belgium
- 2 Iraqis
- 1 Kuwaiti
- 1 Saudi
- 1 Sudanese
- 1 Chadian
- 1 Portuguese
- 1 Algerian
- 1 Canadian

An Egypt Air flight heading for Cairo after taking off from Paris went off radar on Wednesday night, according to tweets from the airline and a journalist.

Fifty-nine passengers and 10 crew members were reportedly on board Flight MS80 when it disappeared over the Mediterrean Sea.

"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 journalist's tweet read.

p>The airline said it would provide more details as they become available. according to USA Today.



In March, an EgyptAir flight from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and forced to divert to Cyprus. The "unstable" hijacker demanded to see his ex-wife.

chenj@sph.com.sg

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