EgyptAir’s Airbus A320 disappears over the Mediterranean
EgyptAir’s flight MS804 flying from Paris to Cairo disappeared from the radar early in the morning on 19 May, 2016. The Airbus A320 was carrying 56 to 59 passengers and 10 crew members.
A representative from the Egyptian CAA Ihab Raslan said SkyNews Arabia that the Airbus A320 most likely crashed into the sea.
"Search and rescue has been dispatched and are now at the scene … Daylight has just broken around an hour ago, so we should get some information within the next hour", said Ahmed Abdel, the vice-chairman of EgyptAir, to CNN. According to Mr. Abdel, there were 66 people on board (not 69 as previously reported), including 56 passengers, 3 security personnel, 2 pilots and 5 cabin crew members.
EgyptAir confirmed it has lost the contact with the aircraft at 02:45 Cairo time (GMT+2). The aircraft was flying at 37,000 ft (11,200 m) when it suddenly disappeared just 16 km to the Egyptian shore.
The airplane departed from Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 23:09 local time (GMT+2) on 18 May. It disappeared after 3 hours and 40 minutes of journey. Egyptian Civil aviation ministry confirmed that search and rescues teams are already looking for the missing airplane.
It is reported that the flight’s captain has 6,275 flying hours, including 2,101 on Airbus A320 whihle the copilot has 2,766 hours of flying experience. The aircraft – Airbus A320-232 (SU-GCC, MSN 2088) – was built in 2003. Over almost 13 years of its operations the aircraft was flying only for EgyptAir.
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