Tuesday 27 September 2016

iPhone catches fire on plane

Daniel Anderson

Published 21/03/2016 | 16:17

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An iPhone caught fire on an airplane journey to Hawaii over the weekend, with eight inch flames roaring out of the small case

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Today we're looking forward to the annoucement of an all new iPhone, the smaller, cheaper iPhone 5se but it's not all good news for Apple as a customer had a pretty major accident over the weekend.

A young woman called Anna Crail was on her way from Seattle to Hawaii for spring break and was relaxing on the flight while watching a movie on her iPhone 6. That's when flames suddenly started erupting from the case. Crail dropped the phone into the aisle where it skidded under another passengers chair, causing the flames to rise hire, according to a report from Komonews.

The incident was dealt with swiftly by Alaska Air staff but it's a reminder of just how dangerous batteries can be. Under stress, these kinds of Lithium Ion cells have a habit of spewing out flames and in the emclosed and pressurised environment of an airplane that could be a serious hazard. This is part of the reason why these kinds of handheld, constantly used devices are supposed to be taken in carry on luggage only as an uncontrolled fire in the hold could rage unchecked.

No one was harmed in the incident.

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