EgyptAir Flight804 With 66 Onboard Goes Missing

An EgyptAir flight en route to Cairo from Paris disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean Sea about 174 miles from the Egyptian coast, shortly after entering Egyptian airpsace, the airline said Wednesday night.

EgyptAir is the flag carrier airline of Egypt. The airline is based at Cairo International Airport, its main hub, operating scheduled passenger and freight services to more than 75 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

According to the airline, 56 passengers, 3 EgyptAir security personnel and 7 crew members were onboard the aircraft, an Airbus A320 manufactured in 2003.

EgyptAir flight 804’s 56 passengers included one child and two infants, the airline said.

The nationalities of those onboard is as follows: French: 15, Egyptian: 30, British: 1, Belgium: 1, Iraqi: 2, Kuwaiti: 1, Saudi: 1, Sudanese: 1, Chadian: 1, Portuguese: 1, Algerian: 1, Canadian: 1.

EgyptAir flight 804 left Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport at 11:09 p.m. It lost contact with the radar tracking system over the Mediterranean Sea at 2:45 a.m. at 37,000 feet, after entering Egyptian airspace, the airline said. The flight was expected to arrive at 3:15 a.m. (Both France and Egypt are in the same time zone.)

About four hours after news of the missing plane was reported, EgyptAir tweeted that military search and rescue received a distress call from the airplane emergency equipment.

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