Lit cigarette in cockpit led to plane crash in 2016

The crash of an Egypt Air plane, which led to the death of the 66 people on board and the entire crew, in May 2016, may not have been caused by terrorists after all, as had been initially advanced by the Egyptian authorities.

According to the conclusions of an independent investigation into the disaster, the outbreak of a fire in the cockpit, caused by a cigarette lit by the co-pilot, led the Airbus A320 to crash along the northwest coast of Egypt, already in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea.

The investigation found that a leak of oxygen from the co-pilot’s mask, while he was smoking, caused a phenomenon of combustion and the consequent fire in the cockpit.

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