EgyptAir Flight 804 heading from Paris to Cairo has disappeared from radar with 66 people on board. The plane was flying at 37,000 feet when it disappeared shortly after entering Egyptian airspace, the airline tweeted.
The Egyptian navy has started conducting search and rescue operations in the area.
The Airbus A320 had 56 passengers on board, said Capt. Ahmed Adel, a vice chairman at EgyptAir. Passengers included two infants, one child and 10 crew members. Earlier, the airline said 59 people were on board.
It 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.
There was no special cargo on the flight and no notification of any dangerous goods aboard, Adel said.
The plane entered EgyptAir’s service on November 3, 2003, he added.