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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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Magnitude 8.2 quake rattles Fiji

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A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

The quake was 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it’s so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.

The epicenter was located 167 miles (270 km) east of Levuka in Fiji and 275 miles (443 km) west of Neiafu in Tonga.

The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.

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