11:53 May. 19, 2016
‘Nothing is ruled out' French PM says on missing EgyptAir flight
France is ruling nothing out as to why an EgyptAir plane went missing after leaving Paris for Cairo, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Thursday, May 19, Reuters reports.
An official at President Francois Hollande's office said the French leader had spoken to his Egyptian counterpart and that both sides would cooperate closely on the case.
Egypt's national airline said an EgyptAir flight carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo had disappeared from radar over the Mediterranean Sea early Thursday.
Officials with the airline and the Egyptian civil aviation department told Reuters they believed the Airbus A320 had crashed into the Mediterranean Sea.
The aircraft was carrying 56 passengers, including one child and two infants, and 10 crew, EgyptAir said.
Greek Armed Forces have deployed a military C-130 aircraft and one early warning aircraft EMB-145 H in #MS804 search 1/2— Quentin Sommerville (@sommervillebbc) May 19, 2016
Another Greek C-130 is also heading to the area as well the frigate Nikiforos Fokas. A helicopter (1 Super Puma) is also on its way. 2/2— Quentin Sommerville (@sommervillebbc) May 19, 2016