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Plane Disappears Off East Coast

October 31, 1999

BOSTON (AP) _ A Boeing 767 plane with 197 passengers aboard disappeared early today on a flight from New York to Egypt. Debris was found at sea off the island of Nantucket, officials said.

EgyptAir Flight 990 was headed to Cairo, Coast Guard Lt. Rob Halsey said. It originated in Los Angeles, according to EgyptAir officials at Cairo International Airport.

The debris field was discovered 45 miles southeast of Nantucket, the island off the coast of Massachusetts, said Coast Guard Lt. Edward Gaynor. He had no other details.

There were 197 passengers on the flight, an EgyptAir official said. The number of crew members was not given.

``What we have right now is, we weren’t able to establish contact,″ Halsey said. ``They had them on radar and then lost the radar picture.″

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