Live: EgyptAir flight made sudden swerves mid-air, says Defence Ministerw

Cairo,REUTERS:The CNN said the plane was carrying 59 passengers and 10 crew. A later Tweet by EgyptAir said the plane, which was travelling at an altitude of 37,000 feet, disappeared about 80 miles before it was due to enter Egyptian airspace.

An EgyptAir flight at the Cairo International airport.

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Live Updates (all times in IST)

18.06 hours: The plane was more likely to have been brought down by terror attacks rather than technical failure according to Egypt’s civil aviation minister

18.03 hours: Federal security service chief calls on European partners to take joint measures to identify those behind the missing plane.

17.59 hours: There was no known security issues with the passengers on the missing plane but futher checks are underway, Egypt’s civial aviation minisiter has said.

17.42 hours Egyptian aviation minister has said that search efforts are focused near greek island of Karpathos

17.38 hours: Egyptian aviation minister says no debris found from mising EgyptAir plane so far.

17.25 hours: Egyptian prosecutor general orders urgent state securtiy investigation into missing EgyptAir plane says a judicial source

17.18 hours: Egypt civil aviation minister says authorities trid to resume contact with the missing plane but were unable to establish contact

17.05 hours: Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail announced a search was under way for the missing Airbus A320 but it was too early to rule out any explanation, including an attack like the one blamed for bringing down a Russian airliner over Egypt’s Sinai peninsula last year.

Officials with the airline and the Egyptian civil aviation department told Reuters they believed the Airbus had crashed into the Mediterranean between Greece and Egypt.

16:43 hours: An EgyptAir airliner which went missing on Thursday morning had made ‘sudden swerves’ mid-air and plunged before dropping off radars in the southern Mediterranean, Greece’s defence minister said. “At 3.39am the course of the aircraft was south and south-east of Kassos and Karpathos (islands)..immediately after it entered Cairo FIR and made swerves and a descent I describe; 90 degrees left and then 360 degrees to the right,” Defence Minister Panos Kammenos told a news conference.

14.11 hours: Egypt foreign ministry says it will work closely with France to investigate what caused the plane to “fall”.

14.08 hours: Egyptian and French foreign ministries exchange condolences over fallen plane, says a Egyptian foreign ministry statement

13.24 hours Egypt’s Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said on Thursday that the search was underway to find the missing EgyptAir plane and it was too early to rule out any explanation for the incident, including terrorism.

13.08 p.m. European aviation safety agency says on twitter aware of the media reports concerning EgyptAir flight MS 804. No further information at this stage, following developments very closely

12.56 hours: Egypt’s Prime minister says search operations underway, too early to say what happened to missing plane

12.51 hours Egyptian military denies in a statement that it received any distress messages from missing EgyptAir plane. Egypt civil aviation ministry has said that it is too early to confirm if missing palne crashed

12.46 hours: French Foreign ministry confirms 15 French citizens among 56 passengers on missing EgyptAIr plane.

12.00 noon: Egyptian aviation officials say an EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board has crashed

11.46 a.m.: Egyptian civil aviation Ministry says Egyptian military unit received distress signal from plane at 04.26 GMT.

11.40 a.m: Greek air traffic controllers spoke to pilot of missing EgyptAir plane while over Greece, he did not report any problems. France is ruling nothing out as to why an EgyptAir plane went missing after leaving Paris for Cairo, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said on Thursday.

11.36 a.m: Greek civil aviation chief says EgyptAir flight disappeared from radar two minutes after leaving Greek airspace.

11.30 a.m: French Government to hold ministerial meeting on EgyptAir flight disappearance at 06.30 GMT says French President’s office.

11.24 a.m: French President spoke to Egyptian counterpart about EgyptAir flight, to co-operate closely to establish circumstances according to Hollande’s office

11.14 a.m. French President to contact Egypt President, nothing can be ruled out as a possible cause, says French PM.

11.11 a.m: Egyptian aviation ministry says 30 Egyptains, 15 French and 1 Briton among passengers of missing EgyptAir plane.

11.01 a.m: Airbus group says no further details on reports of missing Egyptair flight at this time, will provide further information when available

10.48 a.m: Greek defence ministry says it has deployed frigate, military aircraft to southern mediterraenean in an effort to locate missing EgyptAir plane.

10.32 a.m: Egypt state newspaper Ahram says EgyptAir pilot made no distress call and the last contact was made ten minutes before the plane vanished

10.29 a.m: Egyptian Aviation officials say they believe missing EgyptAir plane crashed into the sea.

10.03 a.m: French airport officials say of EgyptAir flight “It did not land, that’s all we can say for the moment.”

09.47 a.m: Egypt’s Civil Avation ministry is gathering information on technical state of missing plane an aviation ministry source has confirmed.

09.46 a.m: EgyptAir Flight 804 was flying at 37,000 feet when it disappeared.

09.36 a.m: The Airbus A320 Flight 804 vanished at 2-45 a.m. local time, 10 miles (16 kilometers) after it entered Egyptian air space, it said. The Paris airport authority and the French civil aviation authority would not immediately comment.

09.21 a.m: EgyptAir confirms in tweet that plane was Airbus 320

09.20 a.m: EgyptAir says plane carrying 69 has disappeared from radar

09.08 a.m: Egypt Civil Aviation Ministry says they contact lost with plane ten miles inside Egyptian airspace

National carrier EgyptAir said on Thursday a flight from Paris to Cairo had disappeared from radar before entering Egyptian airspace.

“An official source at EgyptAir stated that Flight no MS804, which departed Paris at 23:09 (CEST), heading to Cairo has disappeared from radar,” the airline said on its Twitter account.

The CNN said the plane was carrying 59 passengers and 10 crew. A later Tweet by EgyptAir said the plane, which was travelling at an altitude of 37,000 feet, disappeared about 80 miles before it was due to enter Egyptian airspace.

According to, the plane was an Airbus A320 and its last known position was above the Mediterranean Sea.

The Egypt Civil Aviation Ministry said search and rescue teams are looking for the missing EgyptAir plane.