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EgyptAir plane disappears between Paris and Cairo

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An EgyptAir flight from Paris to Cairo carrying 59 travelers and 10 crew disappeared from the radar over over eastern Mediterranean sea on Thursday.

“An official source at EgyptAir stated that Flight MS804, which departed Paris at 23:09 (CEST), heading to Cairo has disappeared from radar,” the airline said on its official Twitter account.

Flight MS804 had departed Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport at 23:09 (CEST) and was scheduled to land at Cairo International went it off the radar – 16 kms into Egyptian airspace.

As per reports, MS804 was cruising at an altitude of 37000ft (11,300m) when it lost contact with radar at 02:45 Cairo time (00:45 GMT).

EgyptAir has issued a statement: “An informed source at EGYPTAIR stated that Flight no MS804, which departed Paris at 23:09 (CEST), heading to Cairo has disappeared from radar. EGYPTAIR media centre will update as more information becomes available.”

The airline confirmed that search and rescue teams out in the sea to look for the plane.

The status of the flight remains unknown.

According to flightradar24.com, the plane was an Airbus A320 and its last known position was above the Mediterranean Sea.

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2 Nepalis in Lhasa jail for smuggling gold

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RASUWA — Two Nepali youths are reported to be in a jail in Lhasa of China, on the charge of their involvement in gold smuggling.

Gyal Dorje Tamang of Gosaikunda Rural Municipality-5 in Rasuwa and Bikash Waiba of Hakubesi of Aamachhodongmo Rural Municipality were detained in Chinese territory by the customs department informers of the Tibet government around a month ago as they were about to enter Nepal on a truck bearing the Nepali number plate.

The Chinese side confiscated nine pieces of precious yellow metal from the two, Rasuwa District Police Office quoted the Nepal Consulate General Office in Lhasa as saying.

According to Rasuwa DPO’s Inspector of Police Dhruba Silwal, further details regarding the case are awaited.

It may be noted that the Chinese side has already started implementing the proposal floated by the Nepali side during the past border-security meetings to increase its surveillance in such illegal affairs bearing in mind increasing smuggling of gold into Nepali territory via China, as Silwal said.

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