EgyptAir Flight 804 Has Vanished 10-Minutes After Entering Egyptian Airspace

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The Airbus A320 Flight 804 vanished at 2:45 a.m. local time, 10 miles after it entered Egyptian air space, it said. The Paris airport authority and the French civil aviation authority would not immediately comment.

UPDATE

EgyptAir has also just updated information about the time contact with the plane was lost, now saying it was 2:30am local time (00:30 GMT/01:30 BST/10:30 AEST), and not 2:45am, as it earlier stated.

THE GUARDIAN

An EgyptAir passenger jet carrying 66 passengers has vanished en route to Cairo.

The flight departed from Paris on Wednesday evening and lost contact with ground crews at 2.45am local time, about 16km (10 miles) inside Egyptian airspace.

The 12-year-old Airbus A320-232 was about 40 minutes from its destination. It was the aircraft’s fifth flight of the day, including journeys to Asmara, Eritrea and Carthage in Tunisia.

The airline’s vice-chairman, Ahmed Abdel, told CNN the plane made no distress call.

There were “no recorded snags coming out of Cairo” or reported before leaving Charles de Gaulle, he said.

The captain had also recorded more than 6,000 flying hours, including 2,000 hours in that model, Abdel said. There had not been any special cargo or notification of dangerous goods on board, he added.

L.A. Times

MORE INFO: The plane was flying at 37,000 feet when it disappeared shortly after entering Egyptian airspace, the airline tweeted. It said the Airbus A320 had 59 passengers and 10 crew members.

Conditions were clear and calm when the plane crossed over the Mediterranean, according to CNN meteorologist Michael Guy.

In a statement on its website, Charles de Gaulle Airport said EgyptAir Flight 804 left Paris at 11:09 p.m. local time.

The airline’s media center said it will provide more information as it becomes available.

WMUR

  • Minicapt

    … Trump, just saying …

    Cheers

  • AlanUK

    Official statement due in 3 hours time – c. 12 noon British Summer Time.
    In the meantime lots of contradictory tweets.

  • I blame Mike Harris.

    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      I think this has all the fingerprints of Mike Duffy and Pamela W.

  • Brett_McS

    Langoliers?

  • ed

    Charles-de-gaul airport has 50 muslim workers on the terror watch list ! just saying

    • John

      At Montréal’s Trudeau airport, there are security screeners wearing hijabs. What better to reassure the public!

      • BillyHW

        More fantastic HR wins.

      • It’s the same in Toronto. There are plenty of hijabs among the security screeners. And some of the male staffers have beards that you can regularly see in ISIS videos. The Muslim terrorist, who recently stabbed two military officers, also worked for the Toronto airport. It’s just a matter of time before something much worse happens.

  • Me Here

    They will probably blame Israel as usual. Airbus is having a bad run?! Boeing Did It. <:o)

  • Etobicoke_Gladiator

    Just like the Russian airliner….. terrorism most definitely. 🙁

  • John

    A ‘splody Ahmad, perhaps.

    The fundies promised problems for Paris’ airports, and this may be the salvo first of their programme.

    Depressing.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Global warming claims another victim.

  • tom_billesley

    Floating debris has been spotted. That’ll stymie the “landed at Diego Garcia” conspiracy theorists.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2016/may/19/egyptair-plane-cairo-paris-live-updates

  • robins111

    Frigging Amish. When are they gonna stop

  • Exile1981

    An Airbus A320? I thought they finally fixed the bugs that kept causing those to crash in the 90’s….

  • Exile1981

    At 2:29 a.m., just after it had entered Egyptian airspace, the plane
    swerved 90 degrees to the left, and then 360 degrees to the right before
    plunging first to 15,000 feet, then 10,000 feet, before dropping off
    radar, Kammenos, the Greek defense minister, told reporters.

    That sounds like a pretty major issue with the plane