Flight from Paris to Cairo disappears over Mediterranean Sea with 66 onboard

An Egyptian flight headed from Paris to Cairo with at least 66 people onboard went missing early Thursday morning, shortly after entering Egyptian air space.

Authorities with EgyptAir said the plane disappeared from radar early today 10 miles after it entered the airspace above the Mediteranian Sea.

In one of several press releases from EgyptAir, an official declared that the aircraft, flight number MS804, lost contact with radar above the Mediterranean Sea about 280 kilometers (approximately 10 miles) from the Egyptian seacoast at 2:30 a.m. (CLT) as the flight was expected to arrive Cairo Airport at 3:15 am (CLT).
The airline confirmed 56 passengers and 10 cabin crew members were onboard the aircraft.

The passengers’ nationalities were identified as being:
15 French
30 Egyptian
1 British
1 Belgium
2 Iraqis
1 Kuwaiti
1 Saudi
1 Sudanese
1 Chadian
1 Portuguese
1 Algerian
1 Canadian

The airline said its crisis center is following up with authorities and will issue any additional information once available. A search and rescue operation is underway.
The families of the passengers are near the Cairo Airport and the airline has provided doctors, translators and all the necessary services to family members during the crisis.