iPhone self-combusts on Australian Flight

Apple could be in for taking some heat regarding the safety of their devices as an iPhone 4 has a meltdown on an Australian flight. According to a press release from Regional Express Airlines the phone glowed red and emitted dense smoke and had to be extinguished as the plane landed on the runway.

 

The official statement is below:

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MEDIA RELEASE

 

MOBILE PHONE SELF COMBUSTION

 

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.

  

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Thankfully no one was harmed but as you can imagine it must have been very frightening for those on board. It is not known if the phone problems occurred due to being on the flight but an investigation is underway. Apple has had problems in the past with the iPhone 3S experiencing overheating problems which Apple put down to users leaving the handsets in hot cars or in the sun.

 

Whatever the cause of this self-combusting phone incident, this could make many users be a little more wary around their iPhones in future.

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