EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo disappears from radar

Published May 19th, 2016 - 04:32 GMT
Egyptian officials have already sent out search and rescue teams. (File photo)
Egyptian officials have already sent out search and rescue teams. (File photo)

EgyptAir flight MS804 heading from Paris to Cairo has gone missing.

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

The plane vanished in Egyptian airspace over the Mediterranean Sea, shortly before it was due to land.

It was supposed to arrive at 3:05am local time. There were 59 passengers and 10 crew on board.  

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, 15 minutes before it was set to land.

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.  

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. An EgyptAir plane was hijacked and diverted to Cyprus in March. A man who admitted to the hijacking and is described by Cypriot authorities as 'psychologically unstable' is in custody in Cyprus.

The incident renewed security concerns months after a Russian passenger plane was blown out of the sky over the Sinai Peninsula. The Russian plane crashed in Sinai on Oct. 31, killing all 224 people on board. Moscow said it was brought down by an explosive device, and a local branch of the extremist Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for planting it.

In 1999, EgyptAir Flight 1990 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near the Massachusetts island of Nantucket, killing all 217 people aboard, U.S. investigators filed a final report that concluded its co-pilot switched off the autopilot and pointed the Boeing 767 downward. But Egyptian officials rejected the notion of suicide altogether, insisting some mechanical reason caused the crash. A radar shows the plane's path travelling from Paris and then stopping in the Mediterranean Sea before reaching Cairo, where it lost contact with air traffic control.

By Wills Robinson


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