By Our Reporter (With Agency Reports)
ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – Airbus has confirmed that missing EgyptAir flight MS804 has crashed into the Mediterranean Sea.
The manufacturer said the A320 “was lost” at around 2.30am local time during its scheduled flight from Paris to Cairo.
“Our concerns go to all those affected,” a spokesperson said. “In line with ICAO annex 13, Airbus stands-by ready to provide full technical assistance to French Investigation Agency – BEA – and to the Authorities in charge of the investigation.”
The aircraft involved, registration SU-GCC, had recently flown to Tunis, in Tunisia, Asmara, in Eritrea, Brussels, in Belgium, Alexandria, in Egypt, and Beirut in Lebanon.
Airbus said it was delivered to EgyptAir from the production line in November 2003 and had accumulated approximately 48,000 flight hours.
The first A320 entered service in March 1988 and more than 6,700 of the aircraft are in operation worldwide.
EgyptAir also confirmed the crash on its Twitter handle. The statement updates previous information released by the airline saying only that the plane was missing.
Two security officials at Cairo International Airport also said the plane was presumed to have crashed.
The authorities have yet to offer a theory for why the plane went down.