Egyptian officials say missing plane has crashed

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An EgyptAir plane missing over the Mediterranean with 66 passengers and crew on board has crashed, according to Egyptian aviation officials.

A search and rescue operation is under way after the flight from Paris to Cairo disappeared from radar.

EgyptAir Flight MS804 was lost from radar at 2.45am local time when it was flying at 37,000ft, the airline said.

Egyptian armed forces are searching for the plane, which was carrying 56 passengers, including one child and two babies, and 10 crew.

Greece joined the search and rescue operation with two aircraft - one C-130 and one early warning aircraft, the Hellenic National Defence General Staff said.

They said one frigate was also heading to the area and helicopters were on standby on the southern island of Karpathos for potential rescue or recovery operations.