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LIVE: EgyptAir plane carrying 66 persons missing (DAY 5)

LIVE: EgyptAir plane carrying 66 persons missing (DAY 5)


An EgyptAir flight carrying 56 passengers and 10 cabin crew members on its way to Cairo from Paris went off radar Wednesday night, the airline announced on Thursday.

The A320 aircraft with flight number MS804 which departed Paris at 23:09 (CEST) heading to Cairo was 10 miles inside Egyptian airspace when contact was lost with it, confirmed the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry said.

The ministry added that the Egyptian military unit received a distress signal from the plane at 0226 GMT, a claim the military later denied.

Yet, Greek Civil Aviation Department has said that their air traffic controllers spoke to the pilot over the island of Kea before the disappearance of the plane and no problem was reported.

Among the passengers are 30 Egyptians, 15 French, a Briton, two Iraqis and a passenger each from Belgium, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Chad, Portugal, Algeria and Canada.

The French government in a ministerial meeting on the EgyptAir flight disappearance said “nothing will be ruled out on the missing flight.”

“We are in close contact with the Egyptian authorities, both civil and military. The Egyptian authorities have already sent air reconnaissance teams to the site, and France is ready to help with the search if the Egyptian authorities ask, of course,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told French media.

At the moment, EgyptAir is hosting families of passengers near Cairo Airport with a team of doctors and translators, announced the airline.

The search is ongoing.

Follow the LIVE UPDATES below:

16:43 GMT:

Egypt’s Public Prosecutor asked his French counterpart to hand over data related to the crashed EgyptAir plane during its stay at Charles de Gaulle airport and until it left French airspace, his office said in a statement.

DAY 5: Monday, May 23, 2016

11:36 GMT:

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi urged the media not to speculate about the cause of an EgyptAir plane crash which killed all 66 people on board, and said all scenarios are still being considered.

DAY 4: Sunday, May 22, 2016

19:05 GMT:

Egyptian investigators looking into the crash of an EgyptAir jet in the Mediterranean said on Saturday they were analysing data including signals sent from the aircraft, but it was too soon to reach any conclusions.

12:50 GMT:

French and British foreign ministers say finding black boxes of crashed Egyptian passenger plane is priority, offer help in crash investigation.

0800 GMT:

An EgyptAir jet sent a series of error messages indicating that smoke had been detected on board before crashing into the Mediterranean on Thursday, France’s BEA air accident investigation agency said on Saturday, confirming media reports.

DAY 3: Saturday, May 21, 2016

21:01 GMT:

Flight data suggested there were smoke alerts aboard EgyptAir Flight 804 minutes before it crashed in the Mediterranean Sea early on Thursday, CNN reported on Friday.

15:13 GMT:

EgyptAir Chairman Safwat Moslem told Egyptian state television that the radius of the current search area for the crashed plane was 40 miles (64 km) but would be expanded as necessary.

14:57 GMT:

Egypt’s civil aviation ministry confirmed that the Egyptian military had found human remains believed to belong to those on board the missing EgyptAir flight.

13:25 GMT:

A European satellite spotted a potential oil slick in the area of the eastern Mediterranean Sea where the EgyptAir jet disappeared, the European Space Agency (ESA) said.

11:47 GMT:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry the United States would continue to pledge support for the investigation and search of the missing EgyptAir plane.

11:08 GMT:

Greek defense minister has also confirmed that Egyptian authorities have found a body part and part of a seat in the EgyptAir aircraft. But he insisted that they cannot speculate on the cause of the crash.

0912 GMT:

Egyptian president in a statement offered condolences to families of victims on board EgyptAir plane.

0849 GMT:

Egyptian military has found parts of debris of missing EgyptAir plane 290km north of Alexandria, Egypt State TV reports. The Egyptian navy is sweeping the area in attempt to find the black box. Some passengers’ belongings have already been found.

0837 GMT:

Three French investigators and a technical expert from Airbus arrived at Cairo International Airport early Friday morning to help investigate the fate of a missing EgyptAir plane that disappeared on Thursday, airport sources said.

DAY 2: Friday, May 20, 2016

21:07 GMT:

EgyptAir Vice President says the plane’s wreckage has not been found and they “stand corrected”, CNN reports.

20:48 GMT:

U.S. review of satellite imagery so far has not produced any signs of an explosion aboard the EgyptAir flight that crashed on Thursday en route from Paris to Cairo, officials from multiple U.S. agencies told Reuters.

20:02 GMT:

EgyptAir has expressed its condolences to families of victims on board the missing plane.

19:38 GMT:

Egyptian president in a statement ordered civil aviation ministry, military to take all necessary measures to locate missing EgyptAir debris. He also ordered the investigative committee of the civil aviation ministry to start work immediately on finding out what happened.

18:00 GMT:

EgyptAir confirms that wreckage of flight MS804 has been found on Greek Island of Karpathos

17:48 GMT:

Greek defence sources say the debris they found was not ‘Blue and White’ as earlier reported.

17:28 GMT:

Greek defence sources say they did not discover debris from the EgyptAir aircraft.

16:58 GMT:

White House says it’s too early to say what caused accident.

16:40 GMT:

Egyptian Envoy to France says Greek authorities had notified them that Blue and White debris had been found.

14:24 GMT:

US and British teams supporting in the search for the missing EgyptAir aircraft.

13:47 GMT:

Greek state television says authorities found aircraft parts in the sea during the search for missing EgyptAir plane. Two life jackets appeared to be from the aircraft have also been found.

12:52 GMT:

Debris of missing EgyptAir found south of Greek island of Karpathos in southern Mediterranean, Greek defence sources say.

12:50 GMT:

Greek authorities searching for missing EgytAir aircraft spot two floating objects in the area where the plane went off radar.

12:34 GMT:

Egyptian aviation minister says the missing plane is more likely to have been brought down by terror attack than technical failure.

12:30 GMT:

Head of Russia’s Federal Security Service, Alexander Bortnikov, says EgyptAir plane crash “in all likelihood a terrorist act”. He called on European partners to take joint measures to identify those behind the downing of the Egyptian plane, Russian news agency RIA reports.

12:10 GMT:

Egyptian aviation ministry says search efforts are focused near Greek island of Karpathos and debris from the aircraft are yet to be found. he added that there is no known security issues with passengers on the plane but further check are underway.

11:55 GMT:

Egyptian prosecutor general has ordered for an urgent state security investigation into the missing EgyptAir plane.

11:47 GMT:

Egyptian civil aviation authority say it is too early to rule out terrorism or technical faults. They added that they tried to resume contact with the missing plan but were unsuccessful.

10:45 GMT:

Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, has asked for assistance on satellite information in the search for the missing aircraft. He said there are no results so far but the discovery they have made is that the plane made a sudden swerve at 37,000 feet in Egypt airspace.

10:20 GMT:

Paris prosecutors say they are opening an investigation into the disappearance of the Cairo-bound EgyptAir. French president Hollande says no hypothesis will be ruled out.

10:12 GMT:

Greek authorities said a search was still underway off a remote Greek island for possible remains of the missing EgyptAir aircraft. Nothing has so far been found.

0835 GMT:

Egypt’s foreign ministry exchanged condolences with France on Thursday over what it called the “fall” of an EgyptAir flight carrying 66 people from Paris to Cairo. The statement was the first official admission that those on board were likely to have died.

0801 GMT:

There were no weather issues at the time and in the vicinity of the area where the EgyptAir plane went missing, European air traffic network manager, Eurocontrol said.

0756 GMT:

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says France is ruling nothing out as to why an EgyptAir plane went missing after leaving Paris for Cairo with 66 people on board.

0754 GMT:

Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said that search was underway to find the missing EgyptAir plane and it was too early to rule out any explanation for the incident, including terrorism.

0735 GMT:

Egypt’s civil aviation ministry said in a statement that it was too early to confirm if the passenger plane that went missing over the Mediterranean on Thursday had crashed.

0716 GMT:

Egyptian armed forces dismissed claims that they received a distress signal from the missing plane.

0642 GMT:

Rescue services from the Egyptian armed forces reported receiving a distress signal at 04:26 am local time (0226 GMT) from the EgyptAir plane that went missing overnight, an official from the airline said in a statement.

0619 GMT:

The missing EgyptAir aircraft with more than 50 people on board disappeared from radar screens two minutes after exiting Greek airspace early on Thursday morning, the head of Greece’s civil aviation department said.

0611 GMT:

France is ruling nothing out as to why an EgyptAir plane went missing after leaving Paris for Cairo, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said.

0539 GMT:

Egypt’s Aviation Ministry said 30 Egyptians, 15 French, one Briton and a Belgian were among the 66 people on board an EgyptAir flight that went missing.

0511 GMT:

The EgyptAir plane missing with 66 people on board probably crashed into the sea, officials from the airline and the Egyptian civil aviation said.

0352 GMT:

Search and rescue teams are looking for an EgyptAir plane that disappeared from radar en route to Cairo from Paris, the Egyptian national carrier said.