An EgyptAir flight traveling to Cairo from Paris
crashed early Thursday with 66 passengers and crew members on board,
Egyptian aviation officials confirmed.

Flight 804, an Airbus A320, was lost from radar at
2:30 a.m. Cairo time (8:30 p.m. EDT) when it was flying at 37,000 feet
175 miles north of the Egyptian coast., the airline said. Egypt Air later
confirmed that a signal had been picked up from the plane two hours
after it disappeared from radar, thought to have been an emergency
beacon.

Officials from Egypt’s Civil Aviation ministry said
the “possibility that the plane crashed has been confirmed,” as the
plane failed to land in any nearby airports.

Egyptian military aircraft and navy ships were
searching for debris from the plane, which was carrying 56 passengers,
including one child and two babies, and 10 crew. EgyptAir later
confirmed the nationalities of those on board as including 15 French
passengers, 30 Egyptians, one Briton, two Iraqis, one Kuwaiti, one
Saudi, one Sudanese, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Algerian and one
Canadian.