Reports of a missing EgyptAir flight that was en route from Paris, France, to Cairo, Egypt interrupted local programming late Wednesday night.
Multiple sources confirmed the news, which was first reported by the airline’s official Twitter feed. The first Tweet stated, “An informed source at Egyptair stated that Flight no MS804, which departed Paris at 23:09 (CEST), heading to Cairo has disappeared from radar.”
The plane in question was carrying 59 passengers and 10 crew members on-board at the time of its disappearance. Early reports indicate that the plane vanished from radar just 10 miles within Egyptian airspace, this according to EgyptAir. At the time of the disappearance the plane was flying at 37,000 feet.
EgyptAir also confirmed that it had contacted “the concerned authorities and bodies and inspection is underway through the rescue teams.” The airline continued to update the status of the plane on Twitter throughout the evening.
Flight MS804’s scheduled route would have had the plane on a three-and-a-half hour journey, flight MS804 left Paris at 11:21 p.m. Paris time. According to several online flight tracking sites, the plane was delayed in Paris before taking off at 10:30pm. With the delay, the flight would have arrived in Cairo at 2:55 a.m.
This comes just a few months after a similar incident took place in March. At that time EgyptAir Flight 181 was hijacked, that plane was going to Cyprus.
The hijacker was a man that claimed he was wearing an explosive, but it ended peacefully. The plane eventually landed at Larnaca International Airport on the Mediterranean island, and there were no casualties.
EgyptAir is using the company’s social-media sites to update concerned parties and has listed a telephone number for family and friends to call for more information. That information can be found here.
The full statement on the airline’s website reads:
An informed source at EGYPTAIR declared that its flight number MS804 had 56 passengers onboard including 1 child and 2 infants in addition to 3 EGYPTAIR security personnel and 7 cabin crew with a total of 66 persons onboard. Noteworthy that the aircraft pilot has 6275 of flying hours including 2101 flying hours on Airbus 320. As for the co-pilot he has 2766 flying hours. The manufacturing date of the aircraft in 2003. Special teams from the Egyptian Armed Forces were are at site located for inspection and rescue. EGYPTAIR is following up with the concerned authorities through EGYPTAIR’s IOCC.”
The site added, “EGYPTAIR has offered toll free numbers for passengers’ relatives as follow: 080077770000 from any landline in Egypt. +202 25989320 from any mobile phone or from outside Egypt.”