iPhone self-combusts on Australian airliner


No longer a smashing iPhone!

Taking any electronic device on an airplane contains a certain amount of risk. That was definitely the case for the unnamed passenger on a recent flight from Lismore to Sydney, Australia on a passenger jet operated by Regional Express. In a press release issued on Friday, the airline said that an iPhone owned by an unnamed passenger "started emitting a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow."

Thankfully this incident happened after the aircraft landed at its destination. The airline said that the flight attendant on board "carried out recovery actions immediately and the red glow was extinguished successfully." No one on the flight was harmed. The iPhone (it's not clear which specific model was involved) was given over to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau for analysis.

This new incident seems similar in some ways to what happened a couple of years ago when it was reported that an iPod Touch burned through a child's pants and reportedly hurt his leg. The mother sued Apple as a result, but there's no word as to the current status of that lawsuit. In any case, there's no indication that this latest event is anymore than an isolated incident and not a widespread issue with the iPhone's battery.

Image via Regional Airlines

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2 Clues here.
a:The Logo is not Distorted, it is the acutal logo, note that the apple logo edges are clean, and then not the Chin.
B: Anonymous owner. if you have a fake, of course be anonymous, if its Original, then be named and get street cred.
This is a Fake, and either a modified case, or a China copy, but since it has been open and not Factory sealed, it is no longer an Apple problem, the way this works is like this, In Hong Kong and China, they can open an Iphone, remove 3 Chips, and give you back, and there is no way you would know unless you try to update the OS. As they do this, they also have none approved batteries to replace the originals. These LI batteries would explode only if Shorted or over charged, and the this is prevented by the required charging cuicut built into the battery.
I think this guy should own up, I would put a bet on that he is from Asia.

htf is it fake?

cyberience said,
2 Clues here.
a:The Logo is not Distorted, it is the acutal logo, note that the apple logo edges are clean, and then not the Chin.
B: Anonymous owner. if you have a fake, of course be anonymous, if its Original, then be named and get street cred.
This is a Fake, and either a modified case, or a China copy, but since it has been open and not Factory sealed, it is no longer an Apple problem, the way this works is like this, In Hong Kong and China, they can open an Iphone, remove 3 Chips, and give you back, and there is no way you would know unless you try to update the OS. As they do this, they also have none approved batteries to replace the originals. These LI batteries would explode only if Shorted or over charged, and the this is prevented by the required charging cuicut built into the battery.
I think this guy should own up, I would put a bet on that he is from Asia.

Just like the poor antenna design of the iphone4 it seems Apple cannot get the battery design right. It seems Apple just can't build a smartphone (but sure as hell can sell one)

sam232 said,
Just like the poor antenna design of the iphone4 it seems Apple cannot get the battery design right. It seems Apple just can't build a smartphone (but sure as hell can sell one)

They'll have to compromise in order to satisfy the consumers.

I remember back in the day when Made in China meant you was getting a high quality and some times hand nade article that was delicate and expensive. Now it just means you are getting cheap crap that costs to much.

TechieXP said,
Now it just means you are getting cheap crap that costs to much.

I think that applies to all Apple products, regardless of where they're made.

Maybe the guy has been playing 3D games on it for 20 hours non-stop? I know my iPhone gets quite warm/hot if I play 3D intensive game for like half an hour or more

lets give it twist.... whT if that phone belonged to a m..... certainly dont want this to happen to me on an airplane frightening....

Well Apple finally admitted to the exploding iPod Nanos 5 years later, so we'll probably have a resolution to this in 2016.

Enron said,
Well Apple finally admitted to the exploding iPod Nanos 5 years later, so we'll probably have a resolution to this in 2016.

Haha it must be a feature only happens on the iPhone.

Xeon said,
That's an iPhone 4S, you can tell by the antenna.

iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S are identical to one another from the outside. How can you tell by looking at the picture?

Estienne Taylor said,

iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S are identical to one another from the outside. How can you tell by looking at the picture?

The FCC ID.

Tech Greek said,
It's creepy how after it blows up the cracks/chips makes it look like the Steve Jobs Apple Logo on the back of the case.

It's a sign from God, all hail the mighty Steve.

Maybe it has something to o with the difference in pressure and the liquids in the battery and the fact that the non-removable Apple battery has next to zero breathing space, This is however a very uneducated guess. I've heard people say that it is better to turn off or remove the (rechargable) battery of some portable devices when flying high, at least for a short time.

Not exactly right. When you are on the plane the cabin is pressurized. Imagine what kind of pressure it would take to cause a battery to explode and imagine what that pressure would do to your lungs.

Taking the battery out is good but what about iPhone(s)? Best thing to do is set it to airplane mode to reduce interference.

Neobond said,
The back clearly shows glass (iPhone 4 and 4S) lol

I'd rather easily extinguishable melting plastic then a glowing metal and shattered glass everywhere. (taking a shot at so called "premium" build materials) Even if it's battery, being removable would be handy.

eXtermia said,
shouldn't you be able to tell from the FCC ID what model it is?

You should and i did, it's an iPhone 4 in the picture.

Hm... There was also the case where the guy had his iPhone start smoking and threw it out his back door and it exploded and shot in the air... Certainly not a common problem, but I hope they get this figured out. Perhaps this has something to do with the recent recall on their batteries (Where I'm still awaiting my return box...).

I'm just glad a Marshal or something didn't tackle this guy when his iPhone started smoking... That's what I was expecting to read about...

M_Lyons10 said,

I'm just glad a Marshal or something didn't tackle this guy when his iPhone started smoking... That's what I was expecting to read about...

yeah, i was kinda expecting something like that.

Neobond said,
I wonder if it is being tested to see if it wasn't tampered with

I'm not an iPhone user so I don't really know but does the Apple logo on the iPhone 4 and 4S have that modified Apple Logo with Steve Jobs' profile in it? Thats what it looks like I see in this picture but im not sure.

NPGMBR said,

I'm not an iPhone user so I don't really know but does the Apple logo on the iPhone 4 and 4S have that modified Apple Logo with Steve Jobs' profile in it? Thats what it looks like I see in this picture but im not sure.

Just realized that we shouldn't see that profile on the iPhone 4 but if Apple hasn't adopted that modified logo, this picture or that phone may have been modified.

NPGMBR said,

Just realized that we shouldn't see that profile on the iPhone 4 but if Apple hasn't adopted that modified logo, this picture or that phone may have been modified.


Or the most likely reason being the Apple logo looks distorted because of the broken glass...

.Neo said,

Or the most likely reason being the Apple logo looks distorted because of the broken glass...

Thank you, some common sense.

Dinggus said,

Thank you, some common sense.

I just think its quite the coincidence that the bite on the apple looks like that modified Apple Log with Jobs' profile. I think it would be much more likely that the pic was modified than the broken glass causing it. However, if the broken glass is the cause you kinda have to wonder about the odds of that happening. Anywho, its just an observation, no need for name calling!

M_Lyons10 said,
I'm just glad a Marshal or something didn't tackle this guy when his iPhone started smoking... That's what I was expecting to read about...

Having travelled on Regional Express in the past, I can assure you there was no danger of this happening. They run tiny little prop driven planes to rural (and semi-rural) areas. Any attempt at a tackle would end up with both parties either in the cockpit, or falling out the back door.