May 19: EgyptAir flight MS804 from Paris CDG to Cairo has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea soon after entering Egyptian airspace. The aircraft, an Airbus A320, was flying at 37,000ft over the eastern Mediterranean when contact was lost, at 02:45 local time.
The airline said 66 people were on board comprising 56 passengers, seven crew members and three security personnel. Amongst the passengers were 30 Egyptian nationals, 15 French citizens, two Iraqis and one from Algeria, Belgium, Canada, Chad, Kuwait, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and the UK.
A Greek aviation official told the AFP news agency that the airliner came down “around 130 nautical miles” from the southern Greek island of Karpathos. EgyptAir Flight MS804 left Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport (IATA CDG) at 23:09 local time on Wednesday May 18 and was scheduled to arrive at Cairo at 03:15 local time on Thursday.
One of the EgyptAir pilots took part in a routine conversation with Greek air traffic controllers shortly before contact was lost. Kostas Litzerakis from Greece’s civil aviation authority told the Reuters news agency that the EgyptAir pilot: “did not mention any problems.”
Egyptian, French, and Greek armed forces are involved in the search for the aircraft.
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