Thursday, May 19, 2016

EgyptAir Flight MS804 from Paris to Cairo 'disappears from radar'. The search operation is being co-ordinated with the Greek authorities.

An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo has disappeared from radar, the Egyptian airline says.

It says there are 59 passengers and 10 crew members on board Flight MS804.

The aircraft 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).

The company said it would issue an update "when more information becomes available".

EgyptAir said the plane disappeared about 10 miles (16km) into Egyptian air space.

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...


  1. Egyptian state newspaper Ahram reported no distress call was made and the last contact was ten minutes before the plane disappeared....

    The pilot had clocked up 6,275 hours of flying experience, including 2,101 hours on the A320, while the first officer had 2,766 hours, the airline said.

    Greek air traffic controllers spoke to the pilot over the island of Kea, in what was thought to be the last broadcast from the aircraft.

    "The pilot did not mention any problems," Kostas Litzerakis, the head of Greece's civil aviation department, said.

    However, during the transfer to Cairo airspace, Greek controllers were unable to reach the pilot and the plane vanished from their radars shortly after leaving Greek airspace, he added.

    Greece said it had deployed aircraft and a frigate to the area to help with the

  2. Greece is deploying military aircraft and a frigate to an area in the southern Mediterranean where the EgyptAir aircraft vanished from radar screens, its defence ministry said.

    The search for the missing EgyptAir plane was taking place at sea, about 130 nautical miles southeast of the island of Karpathos, the Greek defence ministry said.

    A defence ministry source said authorities were also investigating an account from the captain of a merchant ship who reported seeing a "flame in the sky" in the area.


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