Apple has been sued for causing an airliner to crash with a flaming iPhone or iPad

On May 19, 2016, EgyptAir flight 804 was over the Mediterranean ready for decent on its flight from Paris to Cairo when something went very wrong.

The crash happened without a mayday or any other warning. Sixty-six people died when the Airbus 320 hit the water 180 miles north of Alexandria. The wreckage wasn’t located for four weeks. There’s some evidence that the jet may have broken up in mid-air.

Investigators couldn’t figure it out. Was it a bomb? Sudden structural failure? An electrical or hydraulic issue? None of the above has been proven. After an extensive investigation, no traces of explosives were reported.

But a new lawsuit alleges it was an iPhone 6s or iPad in the cockpit that overheated and caught fire, quickly incapacitating the crew.

TMZ reports that the litigants believe the small device fire caused a much bigger blaze, which they say explains the indications of smoke in the cockpit.

Aviation experts aren’t keen on the idea. They maintain that although there was a fire in the cockpit, it probably began below the floor in the avionics bay. The cause of the fire is still a mystery.

Apple and EgyptAir have yet to comment on the allegations.

Alan Cross

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