Airbus has confirmed an A320 it manufactured and being operated by EgyptAir got missing Thursday dawn on its way from Paris, France to Cairo, Egypt.
The aircraft manufacturing company has therefore indicated its readiness to assist the investigation team to find the missing aircraft.
The company in a statement on May 19, 2016 said “Our concerns go to all those affected”.
There were 56 passengers – including three children – seven crew members and three security personnel on board Flight MS804, the airline said.
The airline said the passengers included 30 Egyptians, 15 French citizens, one Briton, two Iraqis, as well as people from Canada, Belgium, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan, Chad and Portugal.
According to Airbus, the aircraft had accumulated approximately 48,000 flight hours and was powered by IAE engines.
Below is the full statement
EgyptAair flight MS 804 loss of aircraft
Airbus regrets to confirm that an A320 operated by Egyptair was lost at around 02:30 am (Egypt local time) today over the Mediterranean sea. The aircraft was operating a scheduled service, Flight MS 804 from Paris, France to Cairo, Egypt.
The aircraft involved, registered under SU-GCC was MSN (Manufacturer Serial Number) 2088 delivered to Egyptair from the production line in November 2003. The aircraft had accumulated approximately 48,000 flight hours. It was powered by IAE engines. At this time no further factual information is available.
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 first A320 entered service in March 1988. At the end of April 2016 over6700 A320 Family aircraft were in operation worldwide. To date, the entire fleet has accumulated nearly 180 million flight hours in over 98 million flights.
Our concerns go to all those affected.
Airbus will make further factual information available as soon as the details have been confirmed and cleared by the authorities for release.
Story by Isaac Essel | 3news.com | Ghana