In mid-January 2017 Patently Apple posted a report titled "A Weak Circumstantial Theory by French Investigators Points to Fiery Apple Device Bringing Down Air Egypt." We noted back then that "A report this week out of Europe noted that French investigators theorize that the batteries in a co-pilot's iPad mini 4 or iPhone 6s may have caused the mysterious crash of EgyptAir flight MS804, which went down on May 19th of last year. All 66 people onboard were killed." We ended our report stating that "Unless the French investigative team can produce the very Apple product and confirm a direct connection to the crash, putting out a theory such as this to the public is incomprehensibly irresponsible. You have to wonder what political motivation there could possibly be for such reckless behavior."
Today we're learning from various European reports that a new lawsuit has been filed against Apple for the crash of the EgyptAir Flight 804. TMZ reports that The families of several of the victims of the May 19, 2016 crash claim the tragedy was due to the co-pilot's iPhone 6S or iPad mini overheating in the cockpit and catching fire.
According to the docs ... an investigation revealed the device ignited and led to a bigger fire in the cockpit, which ultimately took the plane down.
It should be noted, however -- some industry experts have questioned this phone theory ... and believe the fire on the plane started beneath the cockpit in the avionics bay due to a short circuit or some kind of explosion.
Still, the families believe there's enough evidence to hold Apple responsible for the deaths of their loved ones."
Until there's an official government report definitively pointing to an Apple device being the cause of the crash, the action of the relatives is simply anger looking for a party to blame and nothing more.
In 2016 the BBC reported that "Egyptian investigators" announced that traces of explosives had been found on the victims. The Guardian reported at the same time that "French investigators were reported to have found trace levels of the explosive TNT on recovered debris but claimed they were prevented from further examining it. Egyptian officials denied the claim.
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