- French French President François Holland Flight confirmed that the plane crashed and that terrorism could not be ruled out. The EgyptAir Airbus A320 en route from Paris Charles de Gaulle to Cairo, has disappeared from radar with 66 people on board.
- Greek defence minister said the plane made “sudden swerves” before dropping off radar over the Mediterranean. No debris has yet been found.
- Egypt’s minister of civil aviation, Sherif Fathy, says the planeshould be regarded as “missing” until debris is found. Search is focused near the Greek island of Karpathos, he added: Fathy said a terror attack or technical problems could not be ruled out.
- EgyptAir says the plane’s emergency devices – possibly an emergency locator transmitter or beacon – sent a signal that was received at 4.26am local time, two hours after the last radar contact.
- The airline said contact was lost around 16km/10 miles inside Egyptian airspace at 2.30am local time (00.30 GMT) amid growing fears that the plane came down in the Mediterranean. Airbus issued a statement regretting the loss of the aircraft.
- A Greek aviation source told AFP that the plane crashed 130 miles from the Greek island of Karpathos. Eypgypt has launched a search operation. At least eight merchant ships and French Greek aircraft have joined the search.
- There is no detail yet on possible reasons for the plane’s disappearance. Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said it was too early to rule out any explanation for the incident, including terrorism.
- 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. Britain’s foreign secretary, Philip Hammond, confirmed that a British passport holder was on board the plane.
- The plane, on its fifth journey of the day, was travelling at 37,000 feet when it disappeared from radar.
- EgyptAir says the captain has 6,275 flying hours, including 2,101 on the A320; the copilot has 2,766. The plane was manufactured in 2003.
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