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Flight MS804 departed the French capital at 23:09 (CEST) before vanishing, Sky News reports.

The airline said the plane lost contact with radar at 02:45 Cairo time (01:45 BST). Its final contact with air control was 10 minutes earlier.

At that stage, the Airbus A320, which was 13 years old, was about three hours and 40 minutes into the four-hour journey and flying at 37,000ft.

The airline said the plane had been 10 miles into Egyptian airspace, over the Mediterranean Sea, when it disappeared.

However, Egyptian civil aviation authority spokesman Ihab Raslan told Sky News Arabia that it was about to enter Egyptian airspace when it disappeared. He said the plane had most likely crashed into the sea.

France's Prime Minister Manuel Valls said: "No theory can be ruled out on the cause of this disappearance."

Thirty Egyptians, 15 French, two Iraqis, a Belgian, Kuwaiti, Saudi, Sudanese, Chadian, Algerian, Portuguese and Canadian are among the passengers which also included one child and two babies.

Greece has  joined special teams from the Egyptian armed forces in the search for the jet

It has deployed one C-130 an early warning aircraft and a frigate, while helicopters are on standby.

Meanwhile, an aviation source said the Civil Aviation Ministry was working to gather information on the technical state of the missing plane.

Ahmed Abdel, the vice-chairman of EgyptAir holding company, told CNN there had been no distress calls from the plane.

The New York Times quoted Ehab Mohy el-Deen, the head of Egypt's air navigation authority, as saying that Greek air traffic controllers had told their Egyptian counterparts that they had lost contact with the plane.

He said: "They did not radio for help or lose altitude. They just vanished."

The airline said the plane's pilot had flown 6,275 hours – including 2,101 hours on the same model – while the co-pilot had done 2,766 hours.