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Apple iPhone 6 bursts into flames during flight from Washington to Hawaii; plane lands safely

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Apple iPhone 6 bursts into flames during flight from Washington to Hawaii; plane lands safely
Last Thursday, Anna Crail was inside an Alaska Air plane heading from Bellingham, Washington to Hawaii. Crail was watching the inflight movie when all of a sudden she noticed that her Apple iPhone 6 was emitting flames. She thought to herself that the plane was going down and would send her and the other 162 passengers straight into the Pacific Ocean.

Once Crail realized that the eight-inch flames were coming from her iPhone, she shoved the flaming handset under another passenger's chair. That caused the flames to grow even higher (and certainly didn't endear her to the rest of the passengers!).

Thankfully, the flight crew was well trained and quickly put out the fire. When former pilot and industry expert John Nance was asked if iPhones should be banned from flight because of the possibility that they could start a fire, he said that this sort of situation happens infrequently. He did say that the fire shows why those carrying a smartphone on board a plane should have it set to airplane mode. This prevents the phone from constantly searching for a signal, which can heat up the battery. 

"First of all, it would have to be an occurrence on a daily basis before that would ever be tolerated by the flying public. This is not the sort of situation where you have a hoverboard in the overhead, or stuffed in baggage, which is a big concern. The iPhones are almost universal on your person or right by you, so this is not something that's not going to be discovered until it's a problem."-John Nance, former pilot, industry expert

As for Thursday's incident, neither the FCC or Apple returned calls for comment. We've seen a number of cases over the years where an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy S device has spontaneously combusted. In August 2014, a passenger boarding for a flight from Tel-Aviv, Israel to Prague, Czech Republic noticed that her Apple iPhone 5 had started smoking. After a brief delay, the plane was cleared to take off and had an uneventful flight. 



source: KOMO via CNET

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posted on 20 Mar 2016, 20:57 3

1. des9301 (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Mar 2016)


Well.. That sucks

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 22:40 6

20. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


As much the hate all iPhones and anything to do with apple it sucks for everybody because the Apple phones burst into flames and electricute and kill people left and right, it happens more in the larger areas where It can cause damage than any other phone maker out there so what I mean is now we will no longer be able to have electronic devices on planes thanks to Apples Crap

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 03:02 2

58. Jimrod (Posts: 1404; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


For an "engineer" you always seem to come across as really dumb. Are you a "Burger technician" or "Sanitary engineer" perchance?

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 05:06 2

66. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


He is the intelligent smart one. It's you whose the dumbass.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 05:25 1

68. Jimrod (Posts: 1404; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)


Yeah, I've seen your comments too - also an intellectual I see.

FYI - your first sentence needs a comma and the second should say "who's".

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 05:44 2

70. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


Stupid dumbass auto correct. My sisters ip6s.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 21:12 1

125. darkkjedii (Posts: 22057; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You're a damn lie, auto correct won't insert a comma on any OS, and you flat out misspelled who's. You dumb ass liar.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 23:34 4

29. submar (Posts: 477; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


Phone with most "gate".

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 03:52

59. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


watching it on an iphone.. ooh man it's going to explooodee takee coveeeerr

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 21:06 34

2. keithtae (Posts: 442; Member since: 25 Mar 2015)


Not surprised, iphones burst into flames on the ground too. It's an iPhone feature, comes in very handy during winter. You will appreciate it when it burns your house down to the ground, shows how powerful this feature is.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 21:10 7

3. combatmedic870 (Posts: 673; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


Hahaha. Well. I found your comment funny

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 23:18 7

23. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14192; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Of course you did, only a simpleton would find it funny.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 05:01

63. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


You would never find it funny, because you are a fanatic to Apple. Even if they do bad and wrong, you will credit them.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 11:41

107. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14192; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I guess my comment can apply to you as well.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 09:23 1

89. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 10678; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


You're just mad because its the phone you love so much. How come its mostly always the iPhone catching on fire all the time?

It's a cheap overprice piece of crap that should have been recalled when it bent in peoples pockets.

I am concerned about the risk, I could care less what people like. But the risk is, if you bend the phone, you could damage the battery. Which means if the battery is damage, even if you can bend the phone back in place, when you go to charge the battery or if it gets hot, if the battery is ruptured it will burst into flames and someone could get killed as we have seen, or seriously injured which we have seen.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 11:40

106. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14192; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Techie shedding those tears again. Let's not forget the combustible feature on Samsung phones, S-Plode.

Sort of how the Note 5 should have been recalled because of the Pengate issue? Or what about the Ramgate issue where the 4GB of RAM was pointless because of the aggressive RAM management?

Except the whole bending thing was an exaggerated issue from ignorant haters who wanted some trolling fuel for their pointless arguments.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 21:27 12

5. darkkjedii (Posts: 22057; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Dumbest post yet. That sh*t was just plain stupid and not even remotely funny. Post 4 was actually funny, and only 3 words.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 21:54 1

16. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1952; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Agreed, haters can't even make a proper joke lol

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 21:57

17. darkkjedii (Posts: 22057; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I had to read it again, and still can't make sense of it.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 05:46

71. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


Not a joke. The truth.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 22:19 4

18. jngo102 (Posts: 49; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Don't you mean "just...plane...stupid"?

I'll leave now.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 23:19

24. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 14192; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It was a dumb comment indeed.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 04:59 2

62. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


That was true. IPhones has made people's live misery. She dies, he dies, they get electrocuted, sells kidney, then others steal, then terrorism, then few end up in hospital.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 06:20 1

74. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1952; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Not sure if trolling, or stupid.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 07:22 1

76. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


Wth are you ignoring the truth? Looks like you are both.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 08:08 1

84. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1952; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


So much hate eh? Did Apple kill your dad or something?

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 05:07

67. S-R-K (banned) (Posts: 304; Member since: 15 Mar 2016)


Yes it was so funny

RoTfLmFaO

The fruit deserves it

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 21:30 1

7. Unordinary (Posts: 1951; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Something else Samesung copies, lol.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 21:53 15

15. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1952; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Basic iFan logic: If someone bashes Apple, he is definitely a Samsung fanboy, so I must bash Samsung as a reply.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 23:28

27. Unordinary (Posts: 1951; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


This just happened to me yesterday via "basic Fandroids logic" lmao. The majority of Android users act just as/if not more childish than Apple fanboys lol. Open your boys, mr "anti fanboy"

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