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The two pilots who were flying EgyptAir flight MS804 before it disappeared on Thursday have been named.

News network CNN has identified the pilots as Mohamed Said Shoukair, the captain, and Mohamed Mamdouh Ahmed Assem, the first officer.

The network cited an official close to the investigation and a security official as their sources.

Mirvat Zaharia Zaki Mohamed was reported as the head flight attendant.

Sixty-six people were on board the Airbus A320 when it disappeared on a flight between Paris and Cairo in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The 56 passengers, from 12 countries, included three small children. Thirty of the passengers were from Egypt, 15 were from France, two were from Iraq, and one passenger each was from Canada, Chad, Kuwait, Sudan, Portugal, Belgium, Algeria and Saudi Arabia. One of the those on board was an Australian-British dual national.

Of the 10 crew members on the flight, three were security officers, two were the pilots and five were flight attendants.

By Friday morning, Mr Assem’s Facebook page had been turned into a memorial by Facebook.

Friends shared his profile picture, showing him in the cockpit of a plane, and expressed their disbelief.

“My heart is burning ever since I woke up to the news,” one friend wrote. “How could something so horrific happen to such a kind soul. Even those who were not close to you have always stated how kind and [what a] polite type of a dreamer you were.”

It was initially believed no Australians were on the flight. On Friday, foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop announced an Australian-British dual national was on board.

Ms Bishop did not release a name, however the only British national on board was Richard Osman, 40, a geologist who had just welcomed the birth of his second child.

Mr Osman was flying to Cairo on MS804 for his job as a geologist with an Egyptian goldmining company, his brother, Alistair Osman, told the South Wales Evening Post.

An air and sea search which scoured the Mediterranean for a second day has not yet found a trace of the plane.

On Thursday, Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos said the plane swerved left and right then plunged by 22,000 feet before it disappeared off the radar.

Though EgyptAir continued to refer to the plane as missing, French president Francois Hollande said the plane had crashed.

“The information we have managed to gather – the ministers, members of the government and the Egyptian authorities – confirm alas that this plane had crashed,” Mr Hollande said.

With Agencies

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