NEW YORK, 20th May, 2016 (WAM)–United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is “deeply saddened” by the crash of EgyptAir’s flight MS804 yesterday, his spokesman said today in a statement.

According to preliminary reports, 66 people were on board the Paris-to-Cairo flight crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

“He sends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the governments and peoples affected by this tragedy,” said the statement.

The Secretary-General is grateful to those who have joined the recovery operations for their quick response, the statement added.