Stewardess electrocuted while on iPhone 5

Bride-to-be and a stewardess with China Southern Airline was electrocuted while answering calls on iPhone 5 that was charging. Apple says it will investigate and cooperate with police.
Written by Liu Jiayi, Contributor
Apple says it is investigating the matter and will cooperate with police.

Ma Ailun, a 23-year-old stewardess at China Southern Airline, was reportedly electrocuted and killed while answering phone calls on a charging iPhone 5.

Ma's older sister said on Chinese microblogging service Sina Weibo the stewardess on July 11 was hit by a "strong electronic current" while talking on the iPhone which was connected to a charger. The family also said the phone was purchased through official channels in December 2012 and, therefore, was still within the one-year warranty.

"With a very low level of voltage, a mobile phone itself is not life-threatening," said J. Wong, the managing director of local smartphone maker Meizu, in a report by Chinese news site MyDrivers.com. However, he said there could be risks if the charger or the computer to which the phone was connected had a current leakage.

Police said they were investigating the case and confirmed Ma had died from electrocution.

The bride-to-be was due to get married on August 8, an auspicious date in China suggesting prosperity and good luck.

Meanwhle, Apple issued a statement: "We are saddened by this unfortunate accident and our deepest condolence goes to the victim's family. We will conduct a thorough investigation and be fully cooperative."

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