An EgyptAir flight MS804 traveling from Paris to Cairo has reportedly disappeared from radar with 56 passengers and 10 crew members on board, the airline has said, Aljazeera reports.
The Associated Press news agency quoted anonymous Egyptian aviation officials on Thursday as saying the plane crashed in the Mediterranean Sea.
The officials said the “possibility that the plane crashed has been confirmed,” and the search is now underway for the debris, according to the news agency.
But, Egypt’s civil aviation ministry later said in a statement that it was too early to confirm if the passenger plane has crashed.
According to EgyptAir, the plane took off from Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport shortly after 11pm local time.
“At 4:26am, rescue teams affiliated with the Egyptian armed forces have received an SOS message from the emergency unit of the missing plane,” the airline said in a tweet. However, Egyptian army later denied detecting a distress signal from the missing plane, according to AFP news agency.
The Airbus A320 was flying at 37,000 feet when it disappeared 16km after entering Egyptian airspace, the airline said.