An EgyptAir plane from Paris to Cairo carrying 59 passengers and 10 crew disappeared from radar early Thursday morning, the airline said.The Airbus A320 Flight 804 vanished at 2:45 a.m. local time, 10 miles (16 kilometers) after it entered Egyptian air space, it said.
An informed source at EGYPTAIR stated that Flight no MS804,which departed Paris at 23:09 (CEST),heading to Cairo has disappeared from radar.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 19, 2016
The airline said the flight was at a height of 37.000ft, and disappeared after entering the Egyptian airspace with 10 miles.
The airline said search and rescue teams are currently looking for the plane.
EgyptAir has contacted the concerned authorities and bodies and inspection is underway through the rescue teams,” another tweet in English said.
EgyptAir has offered toll-free numbers for passengers’ relatives as follow: 080077770000 from any landline in Egypt and +202 25989320 from any mobile phone or from outside Egypt.
According to flightradar24.com, the plane was an Airbus A320 and its last known position was above the Mediterranean Sea.
An EgyptAir flight from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked in March and forced to divert to Cyprus, where the “unstable” hijacker demanded to see his ex-wife.
He surrendered after a six-hour airport standoff, which ended peacefully.
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.
With inputs from Agencies