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iPhone Self Combusts on an Australian Flight

iPhone Self Combusts on an Australian Flight

Posted November 28, 2011 at 7:17pm by iClarified
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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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
Joe Cole - November 29, 2011 at 5:10am
Video(s)! or this incident didn't happen.
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..
Nick - November 28, 2011 at 11:19pm
Nope, definitely an Australian market phone as I have one..
JP - November 28, 2011 at 11:33pm
The Australia/New Zealand iPhone back cover is unique to that market, the pictured iPhone has the USA FCC regulatory stamp, Australia's is a triangle with a check mark in it. If you have the FCC symbol then you likely have a grey market iPhone.
Handle - November 28, 2011 at 11:52pm
Wrong this is an aussie iPhone I'm holding one and it is identical
JP - November 29, 2011 at 12:00am
interesting, all model "X" (Oz/NZ) iPhones we have seen had the local Oz/NZ regulatory mark on the back instead of the USA/EU mark, very strange that would change as the USA/EU mark has nothing to do with Oz/NZ unless they have since adopted the USA/EU regulations in the past few months. We are not aware of that. But then again we are not on the ground in Oz like you are ;-) Can you confirm your iPhone is in fact model "X" (see Settings>General>About on your device) and has the original back cover as sold from the factory new?
Chris - November 30, 2011 at 12:14pm
yes i can
Pegasos - November 28, 2011 at 8:02pm
Many phone and other battery operated device on the world self combusting,but most interesed is Iphone's
namedb - November 28, 2011 at 8:21pm
did u say something?
namedbisillierate - December 1, 2011 at 8:48am
You can give a monkey a book, but he won't be able to read it.
bm - November 28, 2011 at 7:49pm
my iphone 4s overheated too last weekend. my wife was playing a game on my phone while we were on a train. she must have been playing for around 15 minutes when the phone started to get really hot. i quickly turned the phone off to let it cool.
Magicman - November 28, 2011 at 7:40pm
it appears like sabotage. Easy, in Australia Samsung and Apple are in an all-out war. Samsung can buy an iPhone, install a defaulted battery pack and let it burn and give bad publicity to Apple.
farpthor - November 28, 2011 at 7:44pm
You are a very creative man. You should be in the movie industry.
namedb - November 28, 2011 at 8:23pm
i like conspiracy theories and you sound like a smart fella. nice thinking! true or not, it still makes sense
Bill - November 28, 2011 at 10:10pm
Its true its a conspiracy to make apple look bad
George - November 28, 2011 at 10:40pm
This could be done anywhere not only Australia. Everything is possible..
toomuchtv - November 28, 2011 at 11:11pm
ummm... please please please STOP watching tv.......and your paranoia should stop........
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