EgyptAir's Airbus A320 disappears over the Mediterranean

UPDATE 09:41 

EgyptAir is hosting the passengers' families near to Cairo Airport. The airline is providing them with doctors, translators and all the necessary services.

UPDATE 09:31 

EgyptAir said that the aircraft’s emergency devices sent a distress call that was received 4.26am local time. It was around two hours after the previously stated last radio contact.

UPDATE 09:10  

Airbus representatives tweeted, that they are aware of the reports, but have no further details and will provide further information when available.

UPDATE 08:59

EgyptAir A320 lost contact with radar above the Mediterranean sea about 280km (175 miles) from the Egyptian seacoast at 2.30am [local time], not 2:45 as it was reported earlier. The flight was expected to arrive at Cairo airport at 3.15am.

UPDATE 08:50 

Greek air controllers notified Egyptian colleagues that they lost the contact with the plane but it did not radio for emergency or lose altitude. Ehab Mohy el-Deen, head of the Egyptian air navigation authority. commented that it is too early to speculate on the possible causes and the outcomes.

Meantime, EgyptAir has published a list of the 56 passengers on board by nationality:

  • 30 Egyptian
  • 15 French
  • 2 Iraqi
  • 1 British
  • 1 Belgian
  • 1 Kuwaiti
  • 1 Saudi
  • 1 Sudanese
  • 1 Chadian
  • 1 Portuguese
  • 1 Algerian 
  • 1 Canadian

UPDATE 07:53 

A representative from the Egyptian CAA Ihab Raslan said SkyNews Arabia that the Airbus A320 most likely crashed into the sea.

UPDATE 07:40

"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 02:30 Cairo time (GMT+2). The aircraft was flying at 37,000 ft (11,200 m) when it suddenly disappeared just 280 km to the Egyptian shore.

 

Last received ADS-B position from  with Egyptian FIR (Egyptian airspace) boundary overlay.

 

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 while 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. 

EgyptAir provides free contact numbers: 0800 7777 0000 from any landline in Egypt and +202 2598 9320 outside Egypt or any mobile in Egypt.


On 31 October, 2015, Metrojet's Airbus A321 with 224 people on board crashed in Egypt. The authorities said that the crash was likely the result of a bomb explosion. Later on, the Islamic State claimed it has smuggled the bomb on board the plane. In January, Reuters reported than an aircraft technician from EgyptAir, whose cousin joined Islamic State in Syria, was suspected of planting the bomb. 

Also, on 29 March 2016, EgyptAir Flight 181, operated by Airbus A320-232 (SU-GCB) was hijacked whilst on a Flight from Borg El Arab Airport, Alexandria to Cairo International Airport. The aircraft, with 81 passengers on board, landed at Larnaca International Airport, Cyprus, where all hostages were released and the hijacker surrendered to authorities.

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