EgyptAir Flight From Paris to Cairo Missing, 66 Passengers on Board

An EgyptAir flight has gone missing between Paris and Cairo
An EgyptAir flight has gone missing between Paris and Cairo. GEORGE MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images

An EgyptAir flight carrying 66 passengers and crew, traveling from Paris to Cairo late on Wednesday, May 18, disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean Sea and is believed to have crashed in the water.

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A search is under way to find the missing Airbus A320, and the Egyptian prime minister, Sherif Ismail, said it was too soon to rule out any explanation, including terrorism.

Officials with the airline say they believe the jet crashed into the Mediterranean off the coast of Greece. It remains unclear whether the reason for the disappearance was technical failure or another cause, such as sabotage.

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EgyptAir says the plane sent an emergency signal two hours after it disappeared from radar screens.

The plane was carrying 56 passengers and 10 crew, 30 of which were Egyptian and 15 were French. In addition, there was one each from the U.K., Belgium, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Chad, Portugal, Algeria and Canada.

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"We cannot exclude anything at this time or confirm anything. All the search operations must be concluded so we can know the cause," Ismail told reporters at the Cairo airport. "Search operations are ongoing at this time for the airplane in the area where it is believed to have lost contact."

This story is developing, updates will follow.

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