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May 18, 2016

Debris found in search for EgyptAir plane that disappeared from radar

Rescue teams looking for the EgyptAir plane that disappeared from radar en-route to Cairo have found debris in the Mediterranean Sea.

By Lopamudra Roy

Rescue teams looking for the EgyptAir plane that disappeared from radar en-route to Cairo have found debris in the Mediterranean Sea.

A total of 66 people were on-board, comprising 56 passengers, seven EgyptAir crew and three security personnel. Authorities are currently trying to establish further details.

An Airbus A320, Flight MS804 took-off from Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport at 11:09pm local time and was heading to Cairo. Communication with the flight was lost at approximately 2:45am Egypt time.

"The plane was flying at 37,000ft and disappeared ten miles after entering Egyptian airspace."

According to EgyptAir, the plane was flying at 37,000ft and disappeared ten miles after entering Egyptian airspace.

Egyptian civil aviation authority spokesman Ihab Raslan confirmed that the aircraft was believed to have crashed in the ocean, reported SkyNews Arabia.

Search-and-rescue operations were then carried out in the Mediterranean Sea.

The airline said in a statement that the MS804 pilot has 6,275 flying hours, while its co-pilot has 2,766 flying hours, cited Bloomberg.

Passengers on the plane came from countries that included Saudi Arabia, France, the UK and Egypt.

The incident follows a several other aviation-related incidents related to Egypt.

In October last year, a Russian aircraft flying from Sharm-el-Sheikh to St Petersburg crashed immediately after its take-off, killing 224 passengers on-board.

In March this year, an EgyptAir plane was hijacked and diverted to Cyprus.

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