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A PLANE crash in which all 66 people on board died may have been caused by the pilot’s iPad or iPhone catching fire.
In May last year, 66 people perished when the Egypt Air plane crashed into the Mediterranean Sea.
The Sun reports, investigators are looking at whether overheating mobile devices caused a fire on board.
CCTV is said to show a tablet and a bottle of perfume were placed on the instrument panel of EgyptAir flight MS804
The probe is to focus on whether an iPad Mini 4 or an iPhone 6S belonging to the first officer caught fire after being plugged into an incorrect socket.
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Richard Osman who was on the Egyptair flight that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea off Cairo. Picture: FacebookSource:Facebook
Wreckage of the plane discovered by Egyptian authorities. Picture: AFPSource:AFP
Debris found by search teams. Picture: AFPSource:AFP
The plane disappeared on its way from Paris to Cairo.
The victims included Australian-UK dual international Richard Osman, 40.
A source close to the French investigation said: “Cockpit plugs are not made for toasters or coffee pots. They’re for professional use.
“At this stage, the combustion or self-combustion of a tablet in the cockpit is the working hypothesis.”
Apple said it had not been contacted by any authority investigating the tragedy and there was no evidence to link it to its products.
It added: “We rigorously test our products to ensure they meet or exceed international safety standards.”
The theory is at odds with Egyptian authorities’ belief that a bomb placed on board at Charles de Gaulle Airport downed the plane.
Welsh-born geologist Osman, 40, was a mining executive who had recently welcomed the birth of his second child Olympe at the time of the crash, according to ITV Ne
Relatives and friends of EgyptAir hostess Yara Hani (portrait), who was on-board Flight MS804 mourn during a ceremony at a church in May last year. Picture: AFPSource:AFP
Mr Osman grew up in south Wales after his father, who was a doctor, moved the family there from Egypt.
Mr Osman’s work is believed to have taken him to many international destinations.
“Richard was a very kind person, a loving person, very focused. He was a workaholic, and never deviated from a straight path,” Mr Osman’s brother Alastair Osman said.
The plane went missing over the Mediterranean Sea. Picture: news.com.auSource:news.com.au
According to reports the crew had desperately tried to put out a fire on board the aircraft before it went down.
At least three children were killed in the crash, alongside 40 Egyptians and 15 French nationals.
Debris from the aircraft was found in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, north of Egypt.
This story originally appeared in The Sun.