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    An overheated battery of a pilot’s iPhone or iPad is unlikely to have caused the crash of the EgyptAir A320 in the Mediterranean Sea in May 2016, local media reported, citing a source in the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) – On Saturday, the French Parisien newspaper reported, citing investigators, that the crash may have been caused by overheated and flaming battery of the second pilot’s iPhone 6S or iPad mini that were left at the instrument panel.

    "An explosion of the mobile phone cannot easily cause the plane crash given the fact that equipment of the jet including pilots’ seats, fitted carpet, furniture is produced from flame-retardant materials … Moreover, a battery’s explosion cannot make hole in the plane’s fuselage," the source told the Al-Bawaba News media outlet.

    According to the source, France is trying to shift responsibility for the crash because if it turns out that a bomb was staged in the crashed jet in the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, France will have to pay compensations for the incident.

    The EgyptAir Airbus A320 plane disappeared from radar screens over the Mediterranean Sea, 10 miles into the Egyptian airspace, on May 19. The plane, carrying 66 people, was heading to Cairo from Paris. The commission investigating the crash said in mid-December that traces of explosives were discovered on the bodies of victims of the crash.


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