iPad or iPhone fire may have downed EgyptAir plane

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.

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 News.

Richard Osman, 40, is believed to be one of the 56 passengers on board the flight from Paris to Cairo
Richard Osman, 40, is believed to be one of the 56 passengers on board the flight from Paris to Cairo

"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.

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.