MIAMI — Egyptian authorities confirmed the crash of Egyptair flight 804, after finding the wreckage near Karpathos island in Greece.
The jetliner, an Airbus A320 (SU-GCC • MSN 2088) took off from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 23:21 local time (21:21 GMT) on May 18, and disappeared at about 02:30 local (00:30 GMT) while cruising at 37,000ft. (11,277m.), 151 nautical miles (280 kilometers) from the Egyptian coast. The flight was expected to arrive to Cairo at 03:15 local time (01:15 GMT).
Search and rescue operations were carried out by Egypt and Greece, with the collaboration of France and the United States. Civilian ships in the area of the accident were also involved in the operation.
According to the airline, flight MS804 was carrying 66 people, 56 passengers from a dozen nationalities, seven crew members and three sky marshals. Egyptair also informed that the captain, identified as Mohamed Shokeir. had 6,275 hours with 2,101 hours on the Airbus A320, and the first officer had 2,675 hours.
“Family members of passengers and crew have been already informed and we extend our deepest sympathies to those affected.” the airline said in a statement.
Airbus confirmed that the aircraft had accumulated approximately 48,000 flight hours since its delivery to the airline in 2003.
“At this time no further factual information is available,” Airbus said. “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.”
This is the third major incident experienced in Egypt in a year. Last October, Metrojet flight 9268 broke up in mid air above the northern Sinai, killing all 224 occupants on board. Russian investigators blamed the crash on a bomb claimed by a local branch of the Islamic State. Also, last January, an Egyptair A320 operating a domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo was hijacked and diverted to Larnaca in Cyprus. The hijacker was arrested after giving himself up.