Most mobile-related stories are of little to concern to Joe Average. He couldn’t care less about dual-core processors or the potential impact of Nokia on Windows Phone’s market share.
But every so often a story breaks through to the mainstream media. It’s hats off to Apple in this instance, as everyone’s talking about the magical in-flight flaming iPhone.
The iPhone 4 reportedly began glowing red shortly after the domestic Australian flight landed in Sydney, and filled the cabin with thick black smoke. The cabin crew managed to douse the iPhone 4 before anyone was hurt.
An official statement from Regional Express confirms: “Regional Express 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.”
The iPhone 4 has been passed to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority for a full investigation.
The self-combusting iPhone 4 arrives just a couple of weeks after Apple recalled first gen iPod Nanos amid fears over flaming batteries.