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EgyptAir plane sent out SOS message - aviation ministry

May 19, 2016, 9:40 UTC+3

The EgyptAir A320 plane en route from Paris to Cairo, disappeared from radars earlier, carried 56 passengers and 10 crew onboard

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CAIRO, May 19. /TASS/. An SOS message has been sent out from the missing A320 passenger plane of EgyptAir company, Egypt’s civil aviation ministry said on Thursday.

"The military received an SOS message from the plane emergency devices," it said.

 Egypt’s civil aviation ministry has confirmed that A320 passenger jet of EgypAir airline en route from Paris to Cairo has crashed, Sky News Arabiya TV channel has said.

The airline said the distress signal was received at 04.26 a.m. local time (0226 GMT) when the plane disappeared from radars and a search for it was launched.

The plane vanished 10 miles into Egyptian airspace while flying at around 11,000 meters. The aircraft disappeared from radars at 2:45am local time (3:45am Moscow time), 20 minutes before it was due to land.

According to latest reports, there were 56 passengers and 10 crew onboard. According to the passenger list provided by EgyptAir, 15 French citizens and 30 Egyptians were onboard, along with citizens of UK, Belgium, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Chad, Portugal, Algeria, Canada.

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