EYGPTAIR Flight MS804 has been declared missing by the airline after the Airbus A320 jetliner lost contact with radar, 280 km from the Egyptian coast early on Thursday morning. EGYPTAIR has confirmed that Flight MS804 is missing and has also stated that, "The reason of disappearance hasn't been yet confirmed."
MS804 had taken off from Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris late on Wednesday night (23:09 (CEST)), with 66 souls onboard and was scheduled to arrive at Cairo Airport at 03:15 am CLT today. According to company officials, the Airbus A320 jetliner was flying at a height of 37,000 feet and disappeared from radar contact at 02:45 CLT, when it was 10 miles inside Egyptian airspace.
Search operations are currently underway, though the aircraft has not yet been found. The cause of the jetliners disappearance from radar has yet to be determined.
The loss of the EGYPTAIR Airbus A320 has also been confirmed by Airbus in a response from its official twitter account a short while ago.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), in a tweet from its official twitter handle, said, “Aware of the media reports concerning Egyptair flight #MS804. No further Information at this stage. Following the developments very closely.”
An EYGPTAIR statement on the disappearance of Flight MS804 stated, “EGYPTAIR confirms that there are 56 passengers in addition to 10 cabin crew members onboard the aircraft and the passengers' nationalities are as follows: - 15 French - 30 Egyptian - 1 British - 1 Belgium - 2 Iraqis - 1 Kuwaiti - 1 Saudi - 1 Sudanese - 1 Chadian - 1 Portuguese - 1 Algerian - 1 Canadian.” Among those on-board were, one child and two infants. There were also three EGYPTAIR security personnel and 7 cabin crew on the flight.
EGYPTAIR has also released information about the two pilots, stating that the aircraft commander had a total of 6275 of flying hours, including 2101 flying hours on Airbus 320, while the co-pilot had 2766 flying hours. The A320-232 jetliner was manufactured in 2003 and has a seating configuration of 145 passengers.
Picture shown is that of an EGYPTAIR Airbus A330-300.