NEWS UPDATE: ‘Vanished’ EgyptAir Plane Crashes Off Greek Island

An EgyptAir flight which was reported missing from radar screens en route from Paris to Cairo early Thursday, crashed into the sea off the southern Greek island of Karpathos while in Egyptian airspace, a Greece aviation source told AFP.

A file picture obtained by AFP shows an EgyptAir Airbus A 320-200 in the air, taken from Budapest, Hungary on May 8, 2016.    Egyptian search teams combed the Mediterranean for signs of an EgyptAir flight with 66 people on board that vanished from radar en route from Paris to Cairo on May 19, 2016 the airline said.  / AFP PHOTO / Andras Soos / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /ANDREAS SOOS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS == NO ARCHIVE
A file picture obtained by AFP shows an EgyptAir Airbus A 320-200 in the air, taken from Budapest, Hungary on May 8, 2016.
Egyptian search teams combed the Mediterranean for signs of an EgyptAir flight with 66 people on board that vanished from radar en route from Paris to Cairo on May 19, 2016 the airline said. / AFP PHOTO / Andras Soos /

“At around 0029 GMT (3:29 am) when it was in Egyptian airspace, the plane disappeared from Greek radars… it crashed around 130 nautical miles off the island of Karpathos,” the source told AFP.

The official said the last communication with the pilot was three minutes before the plane disappeared, and that there had been no distress call.

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The Greek defence ministry said it had dispatched two search planes and a frigate to the area.

Twenty-six foreigners were among the 56 passengers, including 15 French citizens, a Briton and a Canadian, EgyptAir said.

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