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Old 04-28-2022, 02:40 AM
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A 2016 EgyptAir plane crash that killed all 66 people on board was caused by the pilot's lit cigarette in the cockpit, a recent investigation reportedly found.

A 134-page document submitted to the Court of Appeals in Paris last month said investigators determined that the burning cigarette combined with escaping oxygen from the co-pilot's mask and caused a fire on board Flight 804, according to a report from Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera.

The co-pilot's oxygen mask had been changed three days prior to the crash and set to "emergency mode," according to the report, and a fire was triggered after leaked oxygen was sparked by the lit cigarette.

Smoking in the cockpit was not banned by EgyptAir at the time of the crash, the Independent reported.

EgyptAir 804 was traveling from Paris to Cairo on May 19, 2016, when it crashed into the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 66 people on board.

It was not immediately known how the plane went down. A 2019 report commissioned by France's justice ministry suggested the crash was a result of lacking maintenance and said the plane should never have taken off in Paris.

The French air accident investigation agency had said previously that a cockpit fire likely caused the crash; Egyptian authorities initially claimed it was a terrorist bombing.
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Don't under estimate the hazards associated with the cockpit O2 supply.

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Old 04-28-2022, 08:38 AM
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It reminds me of Apollo 1, where a spark caused a fire on the launch pad. Pure oxygen took what would have been a non-event and created a fatal fire that killed astronauts Grissom, Chaffee, and White. They were sitting there, running through a pre-flight test.
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Old 04-29-2022, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by rickair7777 View Post
Don't under estimate the hazards associated with the cockpit O2 supply.

That can be fixed with duct tape.

And a little bondo.

And a buff.
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