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What we know about EgyptAir flight MS804
The EgyptAir's flight path. Photo: FlightRadar24

What we know about EgyptAir flight MS804

The Local · 20 May 2016, 15:58

Published: 20 May 2016 11:23 GMT+02:00
Updated: 20 May 2016 15:58 GMT+02:00

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What happened?

An EgyptAir plane A320, flight number MS804, with 66 people on board went off radar while flying over the Mediterranean Sea, en route from Paris to Cairo.

Greece's defence minister said the plane fell 22,000 feet and swerved sharply in Egyptian airspace before it disappeared from radar screens. 
"The plane carried out a 90-degree turn to the left and a 360-degree turn to the right, falling from 37,000 to 15,000 feet and the signal was lost at around 10,000 feet," Defence Minister Panos Kammenos told a news conference.

Wreckage was found by the Egyptian Army on Friday morning. A body part, seats and one or more items of luggage were found Friday by crews searching for the wreckage off the coast of Alexandria, Greece's defence minister said.Photo: AFP


The flight was last on the radar just off the southern Greek island of Karpathos in the Mediterranean Sea (see map below).

The Egyptian Army said on Friday it had found "personal belongings of passengers and parts of the wreckage 290 kilometres north of Alexandria."


The plane left Paris Charles de Gaulle airport at 11.09pm local time. The flight from Paris to Cairo normally takes just over four hours and the plane was due to arrive at 3.05am local time.

The flight went off radar at 2.45am just after entering Egyptian airspace. 


There were 66 people were on board: 56 passengers and 10 crew members consisting of two cockpit crew, five cabin crew, and three security personnel. 

The flight was carrying 15 French passengers and 30 Egyptians. There was also a Brit, a Canadian, an Algerian, a Belgian, a Chadian, two Iraqis, a Kuwaiti, a Portuguese, a Saudi and a Sudanese on board the plane.

Two babies and one child were among the passengers. 

People wait for news at the Egypt Air at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Photo: AFP

EgyptAir noted on its official Twitter account that the aircraft pilot had 6,275 flight hours, including 2,101 flying hours on an Airbus 320.


French PM Manuel Valls says "no theory can be ruled out" as to why the plane went off the radar. Experts have said that a terror attack was the 'most likely cause' of the crash. 

France’s response 

Top government officials met at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris for a crisis meeting. 

French Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and French junior minister for Transport, Maritime Economy and Fishery Alain Vidalies, speak to journalists following a crisis meeting of top ministers at the Elysee Presidential palace in Paris. Photo: AFP

A crisis centre has been set up at Charles de Gaulle airport.

People including relatives of passengers who were on the EgyptAir plane arrive at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Photo: AFP

A help hotline has been set up: 01 43 17 55 95.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said France was ready to send military planes and boats to help with the search for the missing aircraft. 

Egypt's response

Egypt Air tweeted that teams from the Egyptian Armed Forces were are at site located for inspection and rescue. A crisis centre has also been set up at the Cairo airport. 

An unidentified Egypt Air employee speaks to journalists at Charles de Gaulle airport. Photo: AFP

Family members of passengers of the missing EgyptAir flight in Cairo. Photo: AFP


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