Developing news tonight out of Egypt, where an EgyptAir flight reportedly has disappeared from radar. The flight, which originated from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, was just inside Egyptian airspace when it apparently lost contact.
Via Fox News:
An EgyptAir flight traveling to Cairo from Paris has dropped off the radar, the airline confirmed Thursday morning.
The airline posted on Twitter that Flight 804, a Boeing 737 with 59 passengers and 10 crew members on board had vanished.
The airline said the flight was at its cruising altitude of 37,000 feet when it disappeared at 2:45 a.m. Cairo time (8:45 p.m. EDT). EgyptAir said the plane was approximately 10 miles inside Egyptian airspace.
The tracking website FlightAware showed the plane following its scheduled flight path before losing contact over the eastern Mediterranean Sea.
The aircraft had taken off from Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris at 11:09 p.m. Central European time (5:09 p.m. EDT) and was due to arrive in Cairo at 3:05 a.m. local time (9:05 p.m. EDT).
Naturally, tonight’s news brings reminders of the Russian jet that came down over Sinai last fall — believed to have been brought down by a bomb planted by ISIS.
Add to that the flight’s origination city of Paris — where we’ve become painfully and increasingly aware of the flurry of terrorist activity lurking — and one can’t help but immediately whether terrorism is in play here.
We certainly pray that’s not the case — and pray for the safe return of all 69 people on board. Naturally, we’ll keep you updated as we know more.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]