Egyptian armed forces received distress signal from missing EgyptAir plane

Reporters gather in front of EgyptAir's counter at Charles De Gaulle Airport on Thursday.

Rescue services from the Egyptian armed forces reported receiving a distress signal at 04:26 am local time (0226 GMT) from the EgyptAir plane that went missing overnight, an official from the airline said in a statement.

The Airbus 320 disappeared from Egyptian air space almost two hours earlier, at 02:30 a.m., some 280 kms (165 miles) from the Egyptian coastline, according to EgyptAir. It had been due to land at 03:15 a.m.

No further details were provided as to the nature of the distress signal.