iPhone Explodes on flight REX #319 to Sydney

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Exploding iPhone on REX 319 to Sydney

Regional Express (REX) 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.

All passengers and crew on board were unharmed.

The matter has been reported to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) as well as the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for investigation and directions.  The mobile phone in question appears to be an Apple iPhone (see picture right) and has been handed over to ATSB for analysis.

June 2012 Update: Cause of the iPhone Explosion on REX 319 was a misplaced screw inside the phone, damaging the battery. This happened after the owner had the phone serviced – Apple, which took part in the investigation said the phone was serviced by an unauthorized outlet.

Regional Express (Rex) is Australia’s largest independent regional airline operating a fleet of more than 40 Saab 340 aircraft on some 1,300 weekly flights to 36 destinations throughout New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland. The Rex Group comprises Regional Express, air freight and charter operator Pel-Air Aviation and Dubbo-based regional airline Air Link, as well as the pilot academy Australian Airline Pilot Academy.

Photo Credit: REX

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