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An iPhone spontaneously combusts on an Australian Flight
Digital Trends ^ | 11-28-11 | By Mike Dunn

Posted on 11/29/2011 8:40:17 AM PST by rawhide

It sounds like there is yet another reason power off your cell phone on your next flight. Australian airline Regional Express issued a press release stating an incident involving an exploding iPhone. No one on the flight was harmed during the event that involved lots of smoke and a red glow.

Shortly after the regional flight from Lismore to Sydney landed, a passenger’s cell phone started “emitting a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow.” The report states that the flight attendant extinguished the red glow successfully, which implies that the glow was actually a fire, but there is no note of an open flame. A picture of the phone has been included, and it is indeed an iPhone 4.

The phone pictured appears to not only have some fire damage, but also had some damage to the back glass. Now it’s not clear how much damage was caused by the combustion, or by the flight attendant extinguishing the phone. While there may be a list of problems users of the iPhone 4 have complained about, explosion is not on the list but this isn’t the first report of an Apple iDevice exploding.

The phone in question has been given to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau for analysis.

(Excerpt) Read more at digitaltrends.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: iphone

1 posted on 11/29/2011 8:40:24 AM PST by rawhide
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To: rawhide

Must have been using the iJack app...


2 posted on 11/29/2011 8:43:05 AM PST by null and void (This is day 1042 of America's ObamaVacation from reality.)
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To: rawhide

Was it a during the filming of the opening scene from “Mission Impossible”?


3 posted on 11/29/2011 8:43:46 AM PST by pwatson
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To: rawhide

Considering how many millions of iPhone 4 devices have been sold, and that fact that many of those have flown - and this the first and only reported case; I’d treat this as a fluke. When you make millions of anything, a ‘one-off’ failure isn’t unexpected.

However, if there is a second similar failure, then we have a trend.


4 posted on 11/29/2011 8:45:46 AM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: rawhide
Modern lithium batteries have a rare but real tendency to do this. Which is why airlines don't like them to be in your check bags.
I heard of a case where a guy had a cellphone in his chest pocket and it blew. A part of the case went through his heart and killed him instantly.
5 posted on 11/29/2011 8:45:55 AM PST by TalonDJ
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To: rawhide
While there may be a list of problems users of the iPhone 4 have complained about, explosion is not on the list but this isn’t the first report of an Apple iDevice exploding.

1... This isn't a report of an iDevice "exploding" at all.

2... Somebody reported an "exploding" device, but didn't "complain" about it? WTF?

6 posted on 11/29/2011 8:46:08 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: rawhide

It was a Mossad cellphone for use on Muzzie terrorists that was a dud and subsequently sold on Ebay!


7 posted on 11/29/2011 8:46:13 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: rawhide
InfernoPHONE
8 posted on 11/29/2011 8:47:14 AM PST by moovova (Report my sarcastic, fear-mongering, hate-filled lies to www.AttackWatch.com by clicking HERE.)
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To: Hodar

It isn’t about iphones. Any modern cellphone can do this if the battery is defective. Laptops have done this too.


9 posted on 11/29/2011 8:47:14 AM PST by TalonDJ
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To: rawhide

Does the iPhone 4 have Firewire?


10 posted on 11/29/2011 8:47:59 AM PST by null and void (This is day 1043 of America's ObamaVacation from reality.)
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To: null and void

Laptop battery explosion.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjAtBiTSsKY


11 posted on 11/29/2011 8:51:04 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: TalonDJ

Nope.

http://mobile.engadget.com/2009/02/10/exploding-cellphone-battery-that-killed-chinese-man-was-actually/


12 posted on 11/29/2011 8:51:46 AM PST by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: TalonDJ
lithium batteries have a rare but real tendency to do this.

Huh?

If it's "rare" then it's not a "tendency", is it?

13 posted on 11/29/2011 8:54:09 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: rawhide

That incoming call must have been a hot one!


14 posted on 11/29/2011 8:54:25 AM PST by NCjim (Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.)
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To: rawhide

This is where form over function is going to hammer them one more time.

You could issue a battery recall, like Blackberry and others have done, and you are done.

Not with the iPhone. The phone has a sealed battery compartment.

Think Apple might make the same mistakes with the iPhone that they did with the Mac?

Looking that way. iPhones were outsold for the first time last month by an Android device (Samsung, I think).

We’ll see I guess. Apple is such a source of frustration for me. Home of the ‘almost perfect’ device. They always have fatal flaws, and it almost always comes down to some ‘brand control’ decision from the top.


15 posted on 11/29/2011 8:58:49 AM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: rawhide

Ha....must have been watching porn....


16 posted on 11/29/2011 9:08:03 AM PST by spokeshave (Cain....100% American, 100% Black and 100% for the Constitution...999 an added benefit.)
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To: rawhide

Since the phone wasn’t flaming we know what it isn’t!


17 posted on 11/29/2011 9:08:20 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Swordmaker

ping


18 posted on 11/29/2011 10:23:11 AM PST by LearnsFromMistakes (Yes, I am happy to see you. But that IS a gun in my pocket.)
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To: rawhide; ~Kim4VRWC's~; 1234; Abundy; Action-America; acoulterfan; AFreeBird; Airwinger; Aliska; ...
Apple iPhone4 catches fire on Australian flight—PING!


Apple iPhone Ping!

Please, No Flame Wars!
Discuss technical issues, software, and hardware.
Don't attack people!
Don't respond to the Anti-Apple Thread Trolls!
PLEASE IGNORE THEM!!!

If you want on or off the Mac Ping List, Freepmail me.

19 posted on 11/29/2011 11:47:51 AM PST by Swordmaker (This tag line is a Microsoft product "insult" free zone.)
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To: rawhide

Liar, liar, pants on f... Never mind.


20 posted on 11/29/2011 11:50:22 AM PST by DTxAg
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To: Izzy Dunne
If it's "rare" then it's not a "tendency", is it?

According to the good folk over at Wiki, the Li-Po batteries exhibit this problem when they are pierced, which leads to the question "Did the glass break and puncture the battery, leading to the problem; or did the battery arbitrarily fail and crack the glass"?

21 posted on 11/29/2011 12:52:10 PM PST by Hodar ( Who needs laws; when this FEELS so right?)
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To: Izzy Dunne
No. Rare is a frequency and ‘tendency’ is a trend. They don't cancel each other out. Plus calling it a ‘rare tendency’ makes sense to more people than calling it a ‘statistically significant failure mode’.

If I say an SUV has a 'tendency' to roll over when the tire blows out I don't mean it happens all the time, most of the time, or even a lot. I would only mean it happens much more than when a non-SUV has a blow out. Older batteries just about never exploded. Lithium ones sometimes do. Also it did not use to be as rare. When Lithium batteries were new to the market there were a lot of reports of them spontaneously catching fire.

22 posted on 11/29/2011 2:36:33 PM PST by TalonDJ
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