Airborne iPhone fire caused by loose screw

Summary:An Australian investigation revealed that a misplaced screw caused a short circuit that led to the fire.

An investigation into an Apple iPhone that started spewing black smoke on a Regional Express (REX) flight last year has revealed the reason for the incident, and led to renewed warnings about the carriage of lithium batteries onto planes.

Flight crew on a trip from Lismore to Sydney last November noticed that black smoke had begun erupting from an iPhone, which had to be quickly put out with a fire extinguisher.

The phone was sent to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) as part of an investigation into the matter, which has now revealed that a misplaced screw punctured the battery casing, leading to a short circuit that caused the battery to overheat.

The screw that caused the issue was the result of a botched screen-replacement job from a non-authorized service center.

For more on this story, read Airborne, smoking iPhone mishap solved on ZDNet Australia.

Image credit: REX, ATSB

Topics: Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Smartphones

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