An iPhone 4 combusted during the landing of a Regional Express flight to Sydney on Friday, and while to exact cause of the pint sized explosion is unknown, it is very likely that the lithium-ion battery (common to most mobile devices) is to blame. The phone began smoking and glowed red before it was extinguished by a flight attendent, and no passengers were injured during the ordeal.
Defective batteries aren’t that uncommon, but we hope that the TSA doesn’t start classifying our iPhones as deadly weapons alongside nail clippers and shampoo.
MOBILE PHONE SELF COMBUSTION
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.
All passengers and crew on board were unharmed.
The matter has been reported to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) as well as the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for investigation and directions.
The mobile phone in question appears to be an Apple iPhone (see picture below) and has been handed over to ATSB for analysis.