EgyptAir flight 804 flying from Paris to Cairo has disappeared from radar, airline officials have confirmed.
Reports say that there are 70 people on board the aircraft. According to authorities, the plane was flying at 37,000 feet when it disappeared.
The plane left the Charles de Gaulle Airport at 11:09pm local time, and was supposed to land in Cairo at 3:15am (both are in the same time zone). CNN reported that the location of the last contact with the plane was 173 miles (280km) from the Egyptian coast.
No conformation of a distress call was made, and the plane’s last contact was reportedly 10 minutes before it disappeared. The weather was also clear at the time of disappearance.
There seems to be conflicting numbers on the passenger count–some reports say that there are 66, while other publications say that there are at least 70, including two infants and a child.
The Egyptian Navy and Greek authorities are currently conducting their search and rescue operations.
“There was nothing unusual,” said EgyptAir vice chairman Ahmed Adel. “The search and rescue aircraft from the Egyptian air force are at the position where we lost contact. They are still looking and so far there is nothing found.”
The airline said that the pilot had clocked 6,275 hours of flying experience and the first officer clocked up 2,766 hours.
“Planes just do not fall out of the sky for no reason, particularly at 37,000 feet,” said CNN aviation correspondent Richard Quest. “Since they were 10 miles into Egypt airspace, they should have reported in. If anything had been going on they would have reported at that time,” added CNN aviation analyst Mary Schiavo.
EgyptAir said that the following nationalities are on board the flight: Egypt (30), France (15), Iraq (2), United Kingdom (1), Belgium (1), Kuwait (1), Saudi Arabia (1), Algeria (1) Sudan (1), Chad (1), Portugal (1), and Canada (1).