TIMELINE: A Look at Plane Incidents and Disasters Involving Egypt

The disappearance of an EgyptAir flight, the third plane incident involving Egypt in eight months, renews security concerns surrounding Egyptian planes and airports.

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An EgyptAir Airbus A320 takes off from Vienna International Airport, Austria, August 21, 2015.
An EgyptAir Airbus A320 takes off from Vienna International Airport, Austria, August 21, 2015.Credit: Thomas Ranner, AP

The disappearance of an EgyptAir flight Thursday from Paris to Cairo with 66 passengers and crew on board has renewed security concerns surrounding Egyptian planes and airports.

It's the third plane incident involving Egypt in eight months. Last October, a Russian passenger plane crashed in Sinai, killing all 224 people on board.

Here is a look at some past disasters and incidents in Egypt involving planes:

— March 29, 2016: EgyptAir Flight 181 from Alexandria to Cairo carrying 81 people on board is hijacked by Egyptian national Seif El-Din Mustafa. All crew members and passengers are released safely at a Cyprus airport.

Cyprus police officers escort EgyptAir plane hijacking suspect Seif Eddin Mustafa, third right, to a court for a remand hearing, Cyprus, March 30, 2016.Credit: AP

— October 31, 2015: Russian Metrojet plane is downed over the Sinai Peninsula with a bomb that was placed on the aircraft, killing all 224 people on board. Egypt's ISIS affiliate claims responsibility for the downing.

— May 7, 2002: EgyptAir Flight 843 Boeing 737 from to Cairo to Tunis crashes into a hill near Carthage, killing 18 of the 62 people on board.

— February 23, 2000: EgyptAir flight Boeing 767 from Johannesburg to Cairo crash-lands in Zimbabwe Harare airport during a stop-over. All 76 passengers survive the crash.

Russian experts work at the site where a Russian passenger plane bound for St. Petersburg crashed in Sinai, evidently due to terrorism, Nov. 2, 2015.Credit: AP

— October 31, 1999: EgyptAir Flight 990 crashes into the Atlantic near the Massachusetts island of Nantucket, killing all 217 people aboard. U.S. investigators conclude the co-pilot had pointed the Boeing 767 downward while Egyptian officials reject notion of suicide.

— June 10, 1986: An Air Sinai flight from Cairo to Sharm el-Sheikh crashes, killing 22 of the 25 people on board.

— November 23, 1985: Three gunmen hijack an EgyptAir plane Boeing 717 flying from Athens to Cairo. The plane, carrying 100 passengers, lands in Malta before 58 are killed when Egyptian forces raid the plane.

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