CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will chair an urgent National Security Council meeting following the disappearance of EgyptAir flight MS 804 that reportedly crashed into the Mediterranean Sea Thursday morning, according to a statement from the Presidency.
An Egyptian Civil Aviation official said that the flight, which was en route to Cairo from Paris, crashed into the Mediterranean with 56 passengers and 10 crew members onboard. However, Egypt’s Ministry of Aviation said in statement that the plane crash has not been confirmed yet.
EgyptAir confirmed the nationalities of the 56 passengers as 30 Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis and one passenger each from the U.K., Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Chad, Portugal, Algeria, Canada and Belgium. One child and two infants are among the passengers.
Sisi has discussed the situation with the French President François Hollande. The two countries will continue to work together to unravel the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the EgyptAir plane.