iPhone Self Combusts on an Australian Flight

iPhone Self Combusts on an Australian Flight

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Regional Express has announced an incident in which an iPhone self combusted on a plane traveling from Lismore to Sydney, reports AppAdvice.

Regional Express (Rex) flight ZL319 operating from Lismore to Sydney today had an occurrence after landing, when a passenger's mobile phone started emitting a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow.

In accordance with company standard safety procedures, the Flight Attendant carried out recovery actions immediately and the red glow was extinguished successfully.
All passengers and crew on board were unharmed.

The matter has been reported to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) as well as the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for investigation and directions.
The mobile phone in question appears to be an Apple iPhone (see picture below) and has been handed over to ATSB for analysis.


It appears that an overheating battery was at fault for the incident.

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iPhone Self Combusts on an Australian Flight

ZuZ - November 29, 2011 at 6:14am
I reckon it is the after market back cover he has installed... check out the steve jobs silhouette in the apple logo
Joe Cole - November 29, 2011 at 5:10am
Video(s)! or this incident didn't happen.
peterhenley - November 29, 2011 at 2:09am
sounds like a load of bollox....any substantive corroboration from witnesses?
Tim - November 28, 2011 at 9:07pm
My iPhone 4 only over heats when plugged into my car dock. It gets scary hot sometimes. I'm thinking the current regulation is not as good when in a vehicle in general. Maybe something to do with a small factor of DC to AC back to DC??
JP - November 28, 2011 at 8:33pm
Interestingly, the iPhone pictured is not an Australian Market phone.. I believe they have a differently regulated back cover..
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