The flight, travelling from Paris to Cairo, lost contact with radar systems over the Mediterranean at 2.45am Egyptian time this morning, according to the airline. Some news outlets have reported that the plane has crashed and are speculating that it has been a terrorist attack.
But EgyptAir warned against such speculation on its social media channels:
The message was also carried on the homepage of the company's website, in English and Arabic.
EgyptAir had earlier used social media to publish details of the incident, including the nationalities of the passengers, the ongoing actions of authorities, and contact numbers for relatives of those on board:
EGYPTAIR has offered toll-free numbers for passengers' relatives as follow:— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 19, 2016
080077770000 from any landline in Egypt.
and +202 25989320 from any mobile phone or from outside Egypt.— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 19, 2016
the passengers' nationalities are as follows:— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 19, 2016
- 15 French
- 30 Egyptian
- 1 British
- 1 Belgium
- 2 Iraqis
- 1 Kuwaiti
- 1 Saudi
- 1 Sudanese— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 19, 2016
- 1 Chadian
- 1 Portuguese
- 1 Algerian
- 1 Canadian
Press Release 6,— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 19, 2016
The Egyptian Prime Minister is Following Up the situation of Flight MS804 from EGYPTAIR Crisis Center
Airbus, the manufacturer of the aircraft, has issued a statement this morning, expressing "concern" and "regret" over the incident and providing more information.
The full statement reads: "Airbus regrets to confirm that an A320 operated by EgyptAir was lost at around 02:30am (Egypt local time) today over the Mediterranean sea. The aircraft was operating a scheduled service, Flight MS804 from Paris, France to Cairo, Egypt.
"The aircraft involved, registered under SU-GCC, was MSN (Manufacturer Serial Number) 2088 delivered to EgyptAir from the production line in November 2003. The aircraft had accumulated approximately 48,000 flight hours. It was powered by IAE engines. At this time no further factual information is available.
"In line with ICAO annex 13, Airbus stands by ready to provide full technical assistance to French investigation agency BEA and to the authorities in charge of the investigation.
"The first A320 entered service in March 1988. At the end of April 2016 over 6,700 A320 family aircraft were in operation worldwide. To date, the entire fleet has accumulated nearly 180 million flight hours in over 98 million flights.
"Our concerns go to all those affected.
"Airbus will make further factual information available as soon as the details have been confirmed and cleared by the authorities for release."
In March, EgyptAir also gained widespread coverage in a bizarre hijacking by a lovelorn husband, with a British tourist who posed for a selfie with the unconventional terrorist given particular attention.
And in April, Malaysia Airlines' CEO resigned, citing personal reasons, 13 months into a three-year contract that began as the ailing carrier looked to turn around its reputation after one of its planes disappeared, and another was shot down over Ukraine.