Airport employee left devastated after helping a family rushing to make the ill-fated EgyptAir flight

Five children were part of the family trying to make the flight

Airport employee left devastated after helping a family rushing to make the ill-fated EgyptAir flight

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An airport worker at Roissy Charles de Gaulle has spoken of her devastation, after trying to help a family with five children to board the EgyptAir flight, which has disappeared.

Flight MS804 was travelling from Paris to Cairo with 66 people on board when it vanished from radar shortly after entering Egypt airspace. The aircraft was reported to be at cruising altitude when it disappeared and an international search is still continuing to establish what happened to the plane.

The employee, who was referred to as Sonia, has said that she was unsure as to whether or not the family reached the flight on time. She directed them to the Terminal where their flight was departing from, but did not follow up on their movements.

The airline has revealed that two babies and one child were on board, which would suggest that the family may have missed the flight.

Speaking on RTL radio, she said:

"It was a family, parents with five children: four girls and a boy. They turned up at Terminal 2, where I work. But EgyptAir operates from Terminal 1, so I showed them how to get there.

"The father was started to get stressed because he could see the time and that they had been mistakenly dropped off at Terminal 2 by the taxi. I could see the dad was stressed so I said: 'Don't worry, I'll try and call the company to see if they can exceptionally wait for you'. That's something I never normally do."

"And so they left. I hope they didn't make it. One of the girls even said to her father: 'Listen dad, if we make it, we make it and if we don't we'll just take the next one. That's all there is to it.'

"I understood as I'm of North African origin. I keep playing yesterday's scene over, and I'm in shock."