Rehot, Smoking IPhone Self-combusts On Airliner

November 29, 2011 by staff 

Rehot, Smoking IPhone Self-combusts On Airliner, An Apple iPhone 4 was glowing red hot and emitted a “significant amount” of dense smoke as it spontaneously combusted on board a flight in Australia in the second reported incident of its kind in the past month.

It’s not the first time electronic devices have exploded or caught fire. Numerous incidents have occurred over the past decade including Dell laptops catching fire, a journalist’s LG phone catching 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. In 2009 iPhone users in France also reported similar incidents.

The incident involving a passenger’s iPhone 4 glowing red hot occurred on board 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 on November 3 when their iPhone 3GS (an earlier model) did something similar. The reader provided pictures as evidence.

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