iPhone combusted on Australian flight

iPhone combusted on Australian flight

Summary: Passengers on a flight from Lismore to Sydney last Friday saw black smoke in the cabin, only to find that the source was a passenger's Apple iPhone 4, which had seemingly combusted mid flight.

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Passengers on a flight from Lismore to Sydney last Friday saw black smoke in the cabin, only to find that the source was a passenger's Apple iPhone 4, which had seemingly combusted mid flight.

The iPhone in question, which seemingly combusted mid flight.
(Credit: REX)

The iPhone began glowing red and emitting dense smoke on flight ZL319 last week, according to Regional Express (REX).

The iPhone had to be extinguished by the cabin crew.

"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," REX said in a statement.

The incident has been referred to the Transport Safety Bureau and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for investigation, with the iPhone handed over as part of the inquiry process.

ZDNet Australia contacted Apple for comment this morning, but no response had been received at the time of publication.

While the cause of the apparent combustion is still unclear, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority recently issued a warning over Lithium batteries in-flight. The safety authority limits the carriage of batteries to two, with a requirement for them to be placed in separate bags to protect the terminals and the battery from short circuiting.

Topics: Apple, iPhone, Travel Tech

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  • Looks like someone turned on "personal hotspot".
    petervogel
  • how it short circuited. if notebooks are used in the international space centre, space ships, asus, acer, etc., apple is so very inferior, what left is the image may be just slim.
    ooiack
  • Suppose A will eventually advise that it is an un-announced feaure design for people in cold climates!!
    smartvision
  • I've seen a customer with one of these, who's phone literally Liquified internally overnight. The whole thing top to bottom was so melted it was oozing out of all corners.
    They took it to an Apple store, Apple blamed it on the charger because it wasnt an Apple charger. Thats the problem, the charger was genuine.
    Shoddy engineering for a less than top-quality product.
    Master_T[RG]
  • Kind of sucks, bit like that Sony Lappy that caught on fire a few years ago sitting on the table.
    amckern-b0f83
  • Should have had it in aircraft mode - that's specifically designed to stop it spontaneously combusting.
    phildobbie
  • I've seen macbook pros with massive battery bulges threatening to explode. I just don't think enough safety is put into these lithium battery's. Though this isn't limited to just apple products.
    lexxander