EgyptAir denies crash of missing plane, while Greece confirms

CAIRO: In an official statement EgyptAir Co. denied reports that the missing EgyptAir flight MS804 has crashed in the Mediterranean Sea, while Greek Authorities confirmed that the plane crashed in the Mediterranean Sea.

The flight disappeared from radar at 2:30 a.m. Thursday with 56 passengers and 10 crew members onboard while flying from Paris to Cairo.

“EGYPTAIR denies all misleading information published by news websites and on the social media channels regarding the reasons of the disappearance of EGYPTAIR flight MS804 and the company confirms that the reason of disappearance hasn’t been yet confirmed,” the statement from EgyptAir read.

AP and Sky News have reported officials from the Egyptian Ministry of Aviation as saying that the plane has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea near the Greek Karpathos Island.

Egyptian Minister of Aviation Sherif Fathy will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m. Cairo time to update the media on the situation.

Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said that the total number of the Egyptian passengers onboard is 30 while there are also 15 French passengers, and 11 others from different countries. He did not rule out a terrorist act as a possible cause of the plane’s disappearance.

French President François Hollande has discussed the situation with Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Both “agreed on continuing coordination and cooperation between Egypt and France to unravel the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of the Egyptian plane,” a statement from the Egyptian Presidency said. The statement added that President Sisi will today preside over a meeting of the National Security Council.

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