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Old Nov 28, 2011, 02:07 PM   #1
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iPhone 4 Experiences 'Self Combustion' Aboard Just-Landed Aircraft




The Register points to a press release (PDF) from Australian airline Regional Express describing an incident last Friday in which an iPhone experienced "self combustion" onboard an aircraft just after the flight landed in Sydney. Based on an accompanying photo of the damaged iPhone, the device appears to be an iPhone 4.
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Regional Express (Rex) flight ZL319 operating from Lismore to Sydney today had an occurrence after landing, when a passenger's mobile phone started emitting a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow.

In accordance with company standard safety procedures, the Flight Attendant carried out recovery actions immediately and the red glow was extinguished successfully.
A photo of the device shows a shattered rear glass panel and an apparent burn or scorch mark in the area corresponding to the lower half of the device's battery.




The press release offers no additional information on the circumstances surrounding the incident, such as whether the passenger was attempting to use the device at the time, but the iPhone has been turned over to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau for investigation.

iPhone-related combustion is not an unheard-of phenomenon, although most reported incidents appear to have involved charging issues. This incident's occurrence on an airplane does, however, obviously draw some attention to the dangers of any potential combustion sources in such settings and will no doubt be thoroughly investigated in an attempt to determine its root cause.

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Old Nov 28, 2011, 02:10 PM   #2
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 02:11 PM   #4
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Probably a defective phone. It's never happened BEFORE this that we know of, and I'm sure a ton of people with iPhones travel.
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 02:13 PM   #6
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Must be jailbroken!
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Must be jailbroken!
Nope. Both wrong: That was the device Apple handed over to Samsung's lawyers for the court case. It infringes on Samsung's self-destruction patents!
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I wonder if they thought is was a bomb
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Talk about having "airplane mode" configured wrong!
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 02:17 PM   #15
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Obviously, anything can happen... I just hope this doesn't cause some silly over the top reaction that bans electronic devices from planes! That would stink!

I can't even imagine my iPhone4 getting that hot to burst and melt. I've never even noticed mine getting warm really and I use it all the time. Weird.
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 02:17 PM   #16
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Just because it's an iPhone this thing will be spinned to the max.
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Battery ruptured/something shorted. Maybe due to changes in pressure during the flight. That's my bet. BAd part.
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I wouldnt want that to be my iphone Image
The guy dropped it and is looking for a free replacement obviously.
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I wonder if they thought is was a bomb
Isn't there a combustion app?
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Great, now they won't let us carry iPhones on planes.
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 02:18 PM   #22
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Looks like the battery. These things happen. Batteries are known to combust on rare occasions.
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 02:18 PM   #23
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Just because it's an iPhone this thing will be spinned to the max.
As it should be. Heavy lies the crown...
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 02:18 PM   #24
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Looks like Apple's giving him a new free 4S.
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Old Nov 28, 2011, 02:19 PM   #25
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No mystery, really. This phone belonged to one Mr. Jim Phelps.
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