Wednesday 28 September 2016

EgyptAir Flight MS804: What we know so far

Published 19/05/2016 | 06:50

Reporters gather in front of the EgyptAir counter at Charles de Gaulle Airport outside of Paris on Thursday, May 19, 2016. An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo carrying 66 people disappeared from radar early Thursday morning, the airline said. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter)
Reporters gather in front of the EgyptAir counter at Charles de Gaulle Airport outside of Paris on Thursday, May 19, 2016. An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo carrying 66 people disappeared from radar early Thursday morning, the airline said. (AP Photo/Raphael Satter)

Here's what we know about EgyptAir Flight MS804 so far:

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Where was it going?

EgyptAir Flight MS804 was travelling from Paris to Cairo. It had just entered Egyptian airspace and was travelling at an altitude of 37,000 feet.

When was last contact?

The plane vanished 10 minutes after last making contact with Air Traffic Control, at around 2.35am local time. It vanished from radar shortly afterwards, at around 2.45am local time. Its location at the time was 280km north of the Egyptian coast, over the Mediterranean. No distress call was made from the plane.

How many people were on board?

There were 56 passengers and 10 crew on board. The nationalities included Egyptian, French and British.

Were there any issues with the plane?

The plane had passed all its recent inspections, and was up to date with its maintenance scheule.

What's happening now?

Egpyt has deployed its armed forces to search for the plane. Greece has also dispatched a rescue mission to the scene. Israel has also offered to assist with the rescue mission if required.

The track displayed on Flightradar24 showing the EgyptAir aircraft travelling from Paris to Cairo with 66 people on board which has disappeared from radar 10 miles into Egyptian airspace. Flightradar24/PA Wire
The track displayed on Flightradar24 showing the EgyptAir aircraft travelling from Paris to Cairo with 66 people on board which has disappeared from radar 10 miles into Egyptian airspace. Flightradar24/PA Wire

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