EgyptAir flight may have crashed into Mediterranean Sea

EgyptAir flight may have crashed into Mediterranean Sea

RNN - - An EgyptAir flight traveling from Paris to Cairo has disappeared from radar, the airline said in a tweet late Wednesday.

Flight number MS804 was carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew members, EgyptAir said. The plane lost contact with radar at an altitude of about 37,000 feet, and the plane was at least 10 miles into Egyptian airspace when contact was lost, the airline said.

Authorities believe the plane, an Airbus A320 manufactured in 2003, may have crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, Reuters reports. Airline officials have not confirmed a crash.

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The passengers included three children and the crew included three security officers, the airline said.

The airline confirmed the passengers' nationalities: There were 30 Egyptian, 15 French, one British, one Belgian, two Iraqis, one Kuwaiti, one Saudi, one Sudanese, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Algerian and one Canadian.

A signal was detected from the vicinity of the plane's presumed location two hours after the plane's disappearance from radar, but it cannot be confirmed as a distress call sent from from the missing plane, said Ahmed Abdel, vice chairman of EgyptAir Holding Company

The plane's captain had 6,275 hours of experience, including 2,101 hours on the Airbus 320. The co-pilot had 2,766 flying hours, EgyptAir reported.

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