EgyptAir Flight MS804 Disappears en Route From Paris to Cairo




EgyptAir Flight MS804 Disappears en Route From Paris to Cairo.

EgyptAir said one of its aircraft disappeared early Thursday while flying from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard.

The Egyptian flag carrier said Flight MS804, which departed Paris at 11:09 p.m. local time, “disappeared from radar” at 2:45 a.m. Cairo time Thursday while at 37,000 feet. It lost communication over the Mediterranean Sea, the airline said, shortly before it was due to land at 3:15 a.m.

An EgyptAir official said military search and rescue teams picked up a possible emergency locator signal at 4:26 a.m. Cairo time, less than two hours after the jet disappeared.

The Airbus A320, with 56 passengers, including three children, three security personnel and seven crew on board, was last spotted over the Mediterranean Sea on the way to Cairo, according to flight-tracking websites.

The airline said a search-and-rescue operation was under way and that crews had reached a search location in the Mediterranean. The investigation into the incident is still in its early stages and it is not yet clear what happened to the plane.

EgyptAir said the jet disappeared 10 miles (16 kilometers) inside Egyptian airspace, which has its northern border in the middle of the Mediterranean, one of the world’s busiest air corridors, connecting Europe and the Middle East.

Greek air traffic talked to the pilot while the plane was in Greek airspace, at which time he didn’t report any problems, a Greek civil aviation official said.

Greece’s navy said it is investigating a report from the crew of a Greek merchant ship that they saw what resembled “an explosion that lit up the sky” some 130 miles east of the island of Karpathos in the Aegean Sea.

“Search and rescue teams are checking the sea area around Karpathos,” Greek navy spokesman Panagiotis Kalathakis said.

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