Iphone Explodes Flight

November 30, 2011 by staff 

Iphone Explodes Flight, An Apple iPhone 4 was glowing red hot and emitted a ”significant amount” of dense smoke as it spontaneously combusted onboard a flight in Australia in the second reported incident of its kind in the last month.

It’s not the first time electronic devices have exploded or caught on fire. Numerous incidents have occurred over the past decade including Dell laptops catching on fire, a journalist’s LG phone catching on fire and Sony Australia recalling 4300 laptops (440,000 globally) from its Vaio TZ series due to fears they could overheat, damaging the machines and potentially burning users.

The iPhone 4 incident involving a passenger’s smartphone glowing red hot occurred onboard Regional Express flight ZL319 operating from Lismore to Sydney last Friday after landing, the airline reported.

The second incident, which Fairfax Media was made aware of by an anonymous reader, allegedly happened earlier this month on November 3 when their iPhone 3Gs (an earlier model) did something similar. The anonymous reader provided pictures as evidence.

Apple has been contacted for comment this morning but is yet to respond to the claims.

In a statement regarding the first incident, Regional Express said a flight attendant carried out ”recovery actions” immediately and that the red glow was extinguished successfully, adding that 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. All passengers and crew on board were unharmed, the airline said.

CASA spokesman Peter Gibson told Fairfax that the ATSB was going to strip the iPhone 4 down ”and try and understand what happened”. The intention was ”to do that some time this week”, he said, adding that the iPhone 4 was no longer operational. Anecdotally he had never heard of a similar incident occurring during or after a flight.

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