Egypt Air officials says Flight MS804 has crashed, one Canadian on board

The plane, an Airbus 320, was carrying 66 passengers, including one child and two new-born babies, three security staff and seven crew numbers, the Egyptian airline said via its Twitter account.

It vanished from radar shortly afterwards, at around 2.45am local time.

The plan that was supposed to land in Cairo International Airport disappeared off radar at 37,000ft around 10 miles inside Egyptian airspace. "This will be ascertained when we inspect the plane's wreckage and transcribe its black boxes".

Reporters gather in front of the EgyptAir counter at Charles de Gaulle Airport outside of Paris on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

Egyptian state newspaper Ahram reported no distress call was made and the last contact was 10 minutes before the plane disappeared.

The company also stated that the aircraft commander's flying hours are 6,275 including 2,101 hours on the same model and the Copilot's is 2,766 hours.

The last communication with the pilot was when the plane was over the Greek island of Kea.

"The pilot did not mention any problems", Kostas Litzerakis, the head of Greece's civil aviation department said.

A distress signal was recorded by Egyptair, but it is not clear if it is from the missing plane or another plane or boat.

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said France had offered military assistance to Egypt to help with the search.

30 Egyptians and 15 French were on the plane, and a number of people from different nationalities.

"Egypt air should know exactly where the plane disappeared from radar", he said, "That would be the point where you begin your search". Military spokesman Col. Gilles Jaron told The Associated Press that the jet is joining the Egypt-led search effort, and the French navy may send another plane and a ship to the zone.

French President Francois Hollande confirmed the aircraft had come down, saying: "I have been informed that the aircraft that left Paris to go to Cairo has been lost".

- The missing aircraft is a 13-year-old Airbus A320.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told RTL radio that "no hypothesis" on what happened to flight MS804 can be dismissed at this point.

EgyptAir hit the headlines in March when a flight from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and forced to divert to Cyprus, where the "unstable" hijacker demanded to see his ex-wife.

The Islamic State militant group has been waging a deadly insurgency against Egyptian security forces and last October claimed the bombing of a Russian airliner flying home holidaymakers from the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, which killed all 224 people on board.

The drama ended with all passengers released unhurt at Larnaca airport and the man giving himself up.

In accordance with the information no Azerbaijani citizens were on board of EgyptAir aircraft.


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