Missing EgyptAir flight: what we do and do not know

Evan Bartlett@ev_bartlett
Thursday 19 May 2016 08:50
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  • An EgyptAir flight travelling between Paris and Cairo has gone missing

  • Egyptian aviation officials say the plane crashed into the Mediterranean Sea

  • Search and rescue operations are now being carried out by Egyptian army jets, with the help of Greece and nearby vessels

  • Flight MS804 left Charles de Gaulle airport late on Wednesday evening and disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean - it had been due to land at 3.15am local time

  • It was 10 miles inside Egyptian airspace when it vanished at around 2.30am local time

  • The plane last made contact 10 minutes before it went off radar. There are conflicting reports as to whether the last call was a distress signal or not.

  • There are thought to be at least 66 people on board - 56 passengers and 10 crew - including one Briton. Three of the passengers were children.
  • It is not yet clear whether there was a technical fault with the plane or whether its disappearance is linked to terrorism. Officials are not ruling out a terror attack

  • Local weather conditions were reported to be calm

  • Families are now gathering in the Cairo and Paris airports awaiting further news

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