EgyptAir Flight MS804 heading from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar with 66 people on board. The plane was flying at 37,000 feet when it disappeared shortly after entering Egyptian airspace. No distress calls came from the plane.
– Flight 804 left Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport at 11:09 p.m. local time and was supposed to land in Cairo at 3.15 a.m. Thursday. Both the departure and arrival cities are in the same time zone.
— It vanished 10 miles into Egyptian airspace, the airline said.
–The plane’s captain had 6,000 flying hours while the first officer had 4,000, Adel said.
–The Egyptian navy is conducting search and rescue operations in the area it vanished, CNN’s Ian Lee said from Cairo. Armed forces are searching the area 40 miles north of Egyptian coastline.
— There was no special cargo on the flight and no notification of any dangerous goods aboard, Adel said.
If it entered Egypt airspace and did not report in, that’s highly significant, CNN aviation analyst Mary Schiavo said. “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,” she said.
UPDATE 1:Plane’s distress beacon has been picked up, indicating that the plane has crashed in the water. Witnesses in the area say they saw a large fire in the sky.