EgyptAir Flight MS804, an Airbus A320 was en route from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Cairo, when it disappeared from the radar. It was carrying 66 people on board.

EgyptAir said a distress signal was received two hours after the last radar contact.

The plane was carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew: two cockpit crew, five cabin crew and three security personnel. The airline said two babies and one child were on board.

Among the passengers were 30 Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis, and one each from the UK, Belgium, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Chad, Portugal, Algeria and Canada.

According to EgyptAir, the aircraft pilot had “6,275 of flying hours including 2,101 flying hours on Airbus 320”. As for the co-pilot he had 2766 flying hours.

Search and rescue efforts are underway at the site where contact was lost, around 280km (175 miles) north of Egypt’s coast. Greece has joined the search and operation, and France has pledged boats and planes to assist and planes to assist.

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