EgyptAir Flight 804 vanished off radar on its way from Paris to Cairo with 66 people aboard, an airline official said Thursday. Flight MS804 operating an Airbus A320 took off from Charles de Gaulle airport at 11:09 p.m. with 56 passengers and 10 crew members. Officials with the airline and the Egyptian civil aviation department said they believed the Airbus A320 probably crashed into the sea.
According to the communication officer of the carrier, the aircraft lost communications with radar around 2:45 a.m. Cairo time. “All communication has been lost with the missing plane and search and rescue operations are underway,” a spokeswoman said. "There was nothing unusual," said EgyptAir vice chairman Ahmed Adel. The carrier has confirmed search and rescue team have been deployed to try to find MS804, which disappeared 10 miles inside Egyptian airspace. "The search and rescue aircraft from the Egyptian air force are at the position where we lost contact. They are still looking and so far there is nothing found."
The crew comprised the captain, first officer, 5 cabin crew and 3 sky marshals. Amongst the passengers there were 30 Egyptians, 15 French, 2 Iraqis, 1 British, 1 Belgian, 1 Kuwaiti, 1 Saudi, 1 Sudanese, 1 Chadian, 1 Portugese, 1 Algerian and 1 Canadian. Greece's Civil Aviation Authority reported radar contact with the aircraft was lost about 2 minutes after the aircraft was handed off from Greek to Egyptian Air Traffic Control. The crew did not report any problems up to hand off.
Dozens of somber family members gathered at the Cairo international airport, seeking word on their loved ones. Buses ferried them to a special hall, where translators and psychiatric support awaited.
In March an EgyptAir aircraft was hijacked by a man with a fake suicide bomb and forced to fly to Cyprus.