Wasn't sure where to put this thread, but breaking news:
National carrier EgyptAir said a plane carrying 69 passengers and crew on a flight from Paris to Cairo had gone missing on Thursday, disappearing from radar over the Mediterranean sea. “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. Later Tweets by EgyptAir said the plane, which was travelling at an altitude of 37,000 feet (11,280m), disappeared soon after entering Egyptian airspace. The aircraft was carrying 59 passengers and 10 crew. According to flightradar24.com, the plane was an Airbus A320 and its last known position was above the Mediterranean sea. source: Reuters
I knew the flight number before they even said what it was on the news this morning. I took that flight at least 10 times during my career since nearly all of our seminars and training courses were held in Cairo.
Latest from Egyptair:
There are 15 French, 30 Egyptian, one Briton, one Belgian, two Iraqis, one Kuwaiti, one Saudi, one Sudanese, one Chadian, one Portuguese, one Algerian and one Canadian.
I can't really see the tourism industry in Egypt recovering for many, may years, if at all, from this. Even before this I'd spoken to several people who feel a number of traditional destinations are too risky, like Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey. The knock on effect is good for 'safe' countries like Spain where there has been an upsurge in bookings though. We usually have a few weekends in the summer down on the coast but this year we've struggled to book as most places are quite full already.
I also predict that if Egypt is leading the investigation then the situation/reasons/information will be as clear as mud for many weeks to come. Whatever the outcome the Egyptian authorities will try their utmost to lay the blame on anyone but their national carrier and themselves.