An EgyptAir flight traveling from Paris to Cairo is missing early Thursday with 66 passengers and crew members on board, the Egyptian aviation officials confirmed.
Egyptair Flight 804, an Airbus A320, was lost from radar at 2:30 a.m. Cairo time when it was flying at 37,000 feet 175 miles north of the Egyptian coast., the airline said. EgyptAir later confirmed that one of the plane’s emergency devices sent a distress signal approximately two hours after it vanished.
Officials from Egypt’s Civil Aviation ministry said the “there is a possibility that the plane crashed” as the plane failed to land in any nearby airports. But there are also speculations that it was hijacked.
“No theory can be ruled out on the cause of this disappearance,” said France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls, speaking after the plane vanished from radar over the Mediterranean with 66 people on board. French President Francois Hollande and his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have “agreed to cooperate closely” to establish the circumstances of the disappearance as soon as possible.
Egyptian armed forces were searching for debris from the plane, which was carrying 56 passengers, including one child and two babies, and 10 crew. EgyptAir later confirmed the nationalities of those on board as including 15 French passengers, 30 Egyptians, one Briton, two Iraqis, one Kuwaiti, one Saudi, one Sudanese, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Algerian and one Canadian.
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