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iPhone catches fire onboard Australian jetliner

updated 03:20 pm EST, Mon November 28, 2011

Rare instance of hazardous iPhone defect

An iPhone recently caught fire onboard a Regional Express jet in Australia, a press release from the carrier reveals. The plane had just landed after a flight from Lismore to Sydney when the airline says that a passenger's iPhone began "emitting a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow." A photo of the phone's back shows extensive damage, including a missing chunk and cracks throughout the glass.

"In accordance with company standard safety procedures, the flight attendant carried out recovery actions immediately and the red glow was extinguished successfully," reads Regional Express' statement. No one was harmed when the phone ignited.

The fire would appear to be a rare example of a battery defect linked to the iPhone. Much more widespread were incidents with the first-generation iPod nano, ultimately forcing Apple to take action in Japan and later in other countries. Affected Nano owners should already be getting replacement units in many cases.

by MacNN Staff



  1. shmoolie

    Joined: Dec 1969


    battery defect?

    "The fire would appear to be a rare example of a battery defect linked to the iPhone."

    Where do you get off making up these things? Are you a journalist, reporting the story or are you an editorialist, inserting your own opinions?

  1. aross99

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Seems like a reasonable conclusion to me...

    What else would cause the phone to heat up like that? Considering that it looks like other examples we have seen with the First Generation Nanos, etc, it seems reasonable.

    They did say "APPEAR to be"...

  1. facebook_Jason

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    Joined: Nov 2011


    Always a risk

    All devices that have batteries are liable to have this issue.. i had a Sony Ericsson phone that did it a few years back.

  1. iBookDude

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Aftermarket back plate

    Look closely to the Apple logo. It's the Steve memorial version of the Apple logo. Maybe it's the cheap made plate from China causing the phone to overheat?

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Perhaps the NTSB should BAN all iPhone and iPad products IMMEDIATELY from all flights, domestic and international.

    Once the terrorists learn of this little trick, air traveller's will never be safe.

  1. Foxypaco

    Joined: Dec 1969



    are more likely to use Androids.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    as are


  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Aftermarket back plate

    No it is not. Look at the prominent bump where Stevie-boi's chin is. Now look at the cracked case back. Two different images.

    What looks like his spectacle's is a shard of cracked glass from the inferior iPhone construction and engineering.

    Where in this article does it say it was an aftermarket case back? iDetective's now are we?

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