19 May 2016

EgyptAir flight MS804 heading from Paris to Cairo disappears from radar

EgyptAir flight MS804 heading from Paris to Cairo has disappeared from radar with 69 people on board.

The Airbus A320 left the French capital's Charles De Gaulle Airport at 11:09pm local time on Wednesday night and then went missing, three hours and 40 minutes into its journey.

The plane vanished 10 minutes into Egyptian airspace over the Mediterranean Sea, 20 minutes before it was due to land.

It was supposed touch down at 3:05am local time. There were 59 passengers and 10 crew on the flight.
The airline tweeted: 'An informed source at EGYPTAIR stated that Flight no MS804,which departed Paris at 23:09 (CEST),heading to Cairo has disappeared from radar.'
They added that the plane disappeared 10 miles into Egyptian airspace at 37,000ft.

The airline said it was fading when air traffic control lost contact with the plane at 02:45 Cairo time.

Egyptian officials have already sent out search and rescue teams.

As the plane was in Egyptian airspace, their air traffic controllers should have been in contact with the flight team.

However it does not necessarily mean the plane was over land at the time, as Egyptian air space stretches over the Mediterranean Sea.

According to flight schedules, it was the plane's fifth flight of the day.

Shortly after news of the disappearance broke, the Egyptair website crashed.

The Airbus A320 is a short-to-mid range aircraft is one of the most commonly used in the world that first entered circulation in 1986.

It has a capacity of 150 passengers and a range of more than 3,000 miles.  

Credit: DailyMail

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