President Hollande: EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashed

    President Hollande: EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo crashed

    May 19, Cairo: EgyptAir flight 804 from Paris to Cairo with 66 people on board including 10 crew members has disappeared into the Mediterranean Sea.

    French President Francois Hollande said in a televised address that the plane had crashed early on Thursday. 

    According to the Egyptian airline, the Flight MS804 was flying at 37,000ft (11,300m) when it went missing over the eastern Mediterranean. An official said the plane lost contact with radar at 02:45 Cairo time (00:45 GMT).

    Greece's defence minister said Flight MS804 made "sharp turns" and plunged before dropping off the radar, reports said. 

    The company said it would issue an update "when more information becomes available". It said the concerned authorities had been notified, and search and rescue teams were now looking for the aircraft.

    The search operation is being co-ordinated with the Greek authorities.

    According to the website, which tracks passenger flights around the globe, the plane is an Airbus A320.

    The aircraft left Paris at 23:09 local time on Wednesday (21:09 GMT) and was scheduled to arrive in the Egyptian capital soon after 03:00 local time on Thursday, BBC reported.

    The Oslo Times


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