iPhone 4 attempts self combustion on a passenger flight in Australia

An iPhone 4 caused a major scare on an Australian passenger flight when it appeared to commence self combustion. The iPhone 4 belonging to one of the passengers on Regional Express flight ZL319 operating from Lismore to Sydney started to emit a significant amount of dense smoke accompanied by a red glow.

Luckily the aircraft had already landed when the incident started and a flight attendant carried out recovery actions which included extinguishing the iPhone. The incident has been reported to the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau (ASTB) as well as the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). The iPhone is also now in the possession of the ASTB for analysis.

Source:  Rex Press Release, thanks Phil!


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Paul says:

But the good news is the fire was much more stylish and user-friendly than any of the fires from Android phones.

zkent85 says:

Lmfao that's funny and true. Haha. Now apple will Sue any other device that ignites with the same color. LOL.

Guest says:


Andrew Holybee says:

custom back case so phone was tampered with apple logo is steve jobs icon.

Simon Hill says:

i think you could be on to something, the logo is a lot clearer on the PDF version http://www.rex.com.au/MediaRelease/Files/295_MR20111125%20-%20Mobile%20P...

Carioca says:

No, that's just peeling from the fire, the top of the head and the nose are all wrong.
The logo looks original.

OrionAntares#CB says:

Aren't all the custom back plates either metal or plastic? That certainly looks like glass shattered from heat in the picture.

jlbfoot says:

I want THAT Angry Bird for those extra tough levels!

Na4i says:

Talking about a heated conversation!

EvilJack says:

OMG Steve Jobs appeared on the back of a burned iPhone! He's taken over the jesus sightings!

Brock Coutu says:

well i am flying soon with my new iphone i hope it doesnt pull this