Egyptair Jet From Paris to Cairo Crashed, French President Says

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An Egyptair flight with 66 people on board crashed while en route from Paris to Cairo on Thursday, the French president confirmed.

Flight MS804 left Charles de Gaulle Airport at 11:09 p.m. Paris time (5:09 p.m. ET) and vanished over the Mediterranean Sea.

French President Francois Hollande told a press conference that the plane had crashed, but said it was too soon to speculate as to the cause.

“No hypothesis can be ruled out,” he said.

Egyptian and Greek authorities are searching for the plane, which was flying at an altitude of nearly 37,000 feet when it disappeared from radar shortly before it was due to land.

Officials said the plane had just entered Egyptian airspace and disappeared about 175 miles away from the country’s coast.

There were 56 passengers — including three children — along with seven crew and three “security” personnel on board the Airbus A320, Egyptair said. The airline initially had said a total of 69 people were on board but later revised the figure.

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An EgyptAir plane carrying 66 passengers and crew on a flight from Pairs to Cairo disappeared from radar early Thursday morning over the Mediterranean.

EgyptAir is Egypt’s national airline, and the flight was due to land in Cairo at 03:15 am.

Families of passengers rushed to Cairo International Airport shortly after dawn.

On board the flight were 30 Egyptians, 15 French nationals, one Briton and one Belgian, among others.

The Egyptian and Greek military scrambled aircraft and boats to search for the plane.

Tweets by EgyptAir said the plane was flying at an altitude of 37,000 feet when it disappeared in Egyptian air space at 02:30 am.

The last reported position was 165 miles from the Egyptian coastline.

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An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar just before 11pm EST Wednesday night.

That info was announced in a tweet by the airline at 10:57pm EST.

EgyptAir continues to tweet out information, saying flight MS804 was flying at 37,000 feet and disappeared from radar after entering Egyptian airspace.

According to CNN, 59 passengers and 10 crew members were on board the aircraft.

EgyptAir says an investigation and rescue mission is underway.

Continue to check back for updates on this developing story.

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