Cable News Breaks in for Missing Plane Departing Paris
EgyptAir reported that Flight MS804 to Cairo disappeared from radar after leaving Paris' Charles De Gaulle airport.
Cable news networks went wall-to-wall on the missing EgyptAir plane.
Flight MS804, the Paris-Cairo service, went missing after leaving Charles De Gaulle airport on Wednesday evening, the airline tweeted from its official account.
An informed source at EGYPTAIR reported that EGYPTAIR Flight No MS 804 has lost communication with radar tracking system at 02:45 (CLT)— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) May 19, 2016
According to a report from Reuters, EgyptAir said a plane carrying 69 passengers and crew on a flight from Paris to Cairo had gone missing on Thursday local time, disappearing from radar over the Mediterranean sea.
CNN broke into regular programing to follow the story live, with Don Lemon speaking to correspondent Ian Lee in Cairo for regular updates. The network looked at weather patterns and other possible explanations for the plane dropping off radar.
CNN similarly gave in-depth coverage to the still-mysterious disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 last year.
CNN also spoke to Ahmed Abdel, the vice-chairman of EgyptAir holding company, who said there was no distress call from the plane. "Search and rescue has been dispatched and are now at the scene. … Daylight has just broken around an hour ago, so we should get some information within the next hour," he said.
CNBC updated the story showing its flight plan, confirming that flight radar "shows the jet, which was en route to Cairo from Paris, dropped off radar 16 km after entering Egyptian airspace."
Fox News was the first to update the previous reported passenger count of 69 down to 66 total, also reporting that there was no distress call from the plane.
UPDATE: #EgyptAir revises number of passengers and crew on board missing plane to 66— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 19, 2016
About an hour later, ABC News reported that EgyptAir provided a toll-free phone number for relatives of passengers via its Twitter account.