The Egyptian commercial airline, EgyptAir has reported one of its planes missing, according to a tweet on the aircraft carrier’s official account.
The carrier said via twitter that they lost contact with the plane at 2:45pm, Cairo time, when it was at an altitude of about 11,278 meters and approximately 16 kilometers inside Egyptian airspace. The cause of the plane’s disappearance was not immediately clear.
Egyptian military units have been deployed to aid search and rescue teams.
The airline confirmed that 56 passengers were on board, including one child and two infants. Ten crew members were also on board, according to an EgyptAir press release.
Ihab Raslan, a spokesman for the Egyptian civil aviation agency, told SkyNews Arabia the plane may have crashed into the sea. EgyptAir has stated that the pilot of flight MS804 had 6,275 hours of flight experience and 2,101 on the Airbus 320, which was built in 2003. The co-pilot had 2,766 hours of flight experience.