Nov 302011

iPhone 4 heated up and exploded in migflight of Australian Regional Express ZL319.Credit:Regional Express

No, it wasn’t a terrorist attack, but just an iPhone4 blast. Apple’s phones might delight any owner but the experience turned out to be different for a passenger on an Australian Airline flight. The problem? Well, the iPhone gadget appeared to be too…hot (literally speaking not metaphorically) to be used.

According to company’s reports, the Australian Airline Regional Express ZL319 airplane was en route from Lismore to Sydney when one of the passengers was amazed to see that the fancy iPhone 4 started to release a thick smoke along with luminiscence.

The aircraft was in middle of landing procedures when the incident took place. “In accordance with company standard safety procedures, the flight attendant carried out recovery actions immediately, and the red glow was extinguished successfully,” it is said in a statement issued by Regional Express.

After the landing, the troubling iPhone was given to ATSB authorities (Australian Transport Safety Bureau) but it’s not know yet what caused the explosion of the device.

History records unveiled that blowup of Apple products despite of not being frequent, yet it happned before and the incidents were tied to the lithium ion batteries overheating.

It has been already known that in 2009 the European Union began an investigation following multiple reports on iPhones and iPod Touches explosions (or catching fire) in flight over the U.K., The Netherlands, France and Sweden.

Moreover also Apple admitted issues with 1st-generation of iPod nanos (September 2005 and December 2006) due to the battery which would overheat and thus “posing a safety risk”.



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