Six passengers were killed in a EgyptAir plane crash in 2016. The plane from Cairo to Paris crashed in the eastern Mediterranean. An investigation into the crash revealed that the plane caught fire from a cigarette lit by the pilot in the cockpit, which led to the deaths of the unfortunate passengers.
According to the New York Post, the pilot of the MS704 flight lit a cigarette in the cockpit, causing an oxygen leak from an “emergency mask” on the plane. French aviation experts have investigated this.
The report further states that not only Flight MS704, but also other Egyptian pilots regularly smoke in the cockpit. Prior to the crash, the aviation authority had no restrictions on the matter.
The Airbus A320 crashed mysteriously near the Greek island of Crete on its way from Cairo to Paris. Among those killed were 40 Egyptians and 15 French nationals. In addition, two were from Iraq and two were from Canada. One each from Algeria, Britain, Chad, Portugal, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.
The lifespan of an aircraft is usually 30 to 40 years. The Egyptian plane that crashed was newer than that. The plane took off in 2003.
The plane was flying at an altitude of 36,000 feet. The plane went missing about 130 nautical miles off the Greek island of Carpathos. The black box of the aircraft matched in the deep sea near Greece. After that the search for the plane started.
After the crash, Egyptian authorities claimed that the terrorist group had shot down the plane. However, no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack.