The Airbus A320 disappeared from radar screens earlier on Thursday. Following the plane’s disappearance, the Egyptian Civil Aviation authorities informed the BEA about opening a safety investigation, according to the statement.
“A team of three BEA investigators accompanied by an Airbus technical adviser will arrive in Egypt in the coming hours,” the statement said.
According to international laws, the BEA, representing the state of aircraft’s manufacturer, has to be involved in the investigation.
The EgyptAir flight departed from the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris at 23:09 GMT on Wednesday. The aircraft was heading for Cairo International Airport. According to the airline, there were a total of 66 people on board the plane, including 56 passengers.
Later in the day, the airline confirmed that searches found the wreckage of the aircraft in the Mediterranean Sea.