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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: 9; 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: 1354; 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: 1354; 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: 21201; 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: 462; 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: 434; 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: 626; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


Hahaha. Well. I found your comment funny

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 23:18 7

23. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12979; 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: 12979; 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 (limited) (Posts: 10115; 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: 12979; 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: 21201; 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: 1546; 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: 21201; 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: 12979; 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: 1546; 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: 1546; 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: 1692; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Something else Samesung copies, lol.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 21:53 15

15. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1546; 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: 1692; 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"

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 23:35 2

30. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1546; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Well all fanboys are equally annoying regardless of what side, it just so happen that Android fanboys have greater numbers.
Anyways, I'm not siding with that troll you replied to, as he doesn't make any sense.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 01:30

45. Unordinary (Posts: 1692; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Just comically shedding light that this doesn't only happen to iPhones lol. Didn't expect 8 people to get so offended. Sheesh lol

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 02:53

56. NoToFanboys (Posts: 1546; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Some of them are offended, especially the samsung fanboys LOL, but surely some of them just plainly agree with me.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 09:29

90. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


But we know it doesn't only happen to iPhone. That actually goes without saying. What you won't admit too, because you're such a trolling shill; is it mostly always iPhone.

Any electronic device can and will catch on fore if the circumstances are their. Apple had created the circumstance right out the factory by using cheap shotty workmanship.

This is why Samsung typically doesn't use Foxconn of the Chinese to make their stuff. That is why Samsung has their own factories in Seoul and other places in their home country. Its called quality control. Where if its YOUR employees and YOUR product, you control the outcome. Not paying someone money and hoping they adhere to your standard of quality.

Just Google smartphones that have caught on fire and Apple simply leads ALL OEM's.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 11:43

108. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 12979; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


http://bfy.tw/4rVE

posted on 23 Mar 2016, 10:37

129. james2841 (Posts: 167; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Everything with a Lithium ion battery, LI-PO, Lithium polymer, etc.
will have a chance of exploding, burning, puffing up. (http://www.batteryuniversity.com/_img/content/battery-fire2.jpg )
http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/safety_concerns_with_li_ion

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 21:40

11. GreenMan (Posts: 1236; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


@keithtae Well, one can say the same about Snapdragon 810!

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 21:42 4

12. launernoon (Posts: 75; Member since: 05 Mar 2016)


Not surprise, given iphones are for the dumbs

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 14:07

119. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


This story was a nice proof of that, yes. Her phone starts burning onboard a *plane*! And what does the stupid Apple-loser do? Throw it under a seat! What an idiot. Well, you have to be to buy Apple I guess.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 04:57

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


Lmao +1

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 21:13 1

4. Skimshaddy (Posts: 48; Member since: 23 Feb 2016)


MADE IN CHINA

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 21:28 9

6. darkkjedii (Posts: 21201; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Why shove it under another passengers seat though? I wonder if she could face trouble cause of that.

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 21:36 13

10. GreenMan (Posts: 1236; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


@darkkjedii Well, what do you expect from an iPhone user? LOL!

Sarcasm aside, I believe that everyone should take fire fighting classes often held by fire departments...

Who knows when it pays off?

Stay safe and G'Day!

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 05:02 2

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


Because he was a stupid dumbass idiot. Majority of them are.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 10:25

96. jeroome86 (Posts: 1124; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Statistics show most iPhone users are smarter then Android. You can google several articles about this.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 09:30 2

91. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Don't be sarcastic, just admit the facts. iPhone users (many of them) are stupid. In fact the vast majority of them are.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 11:54

109. miket1737 (Posts: 2541; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


And your dumber then a rock, what's the difference between you and a iOS user,? Nothing

You say dumb things that don't even come out of iPhone users mouths and you also have to lie in pretty much every post to bolster your failing essay arguments that you write, you also talk made up shit sometimes, so i see you as "dumber" then the general iOS user

I have a few high ranked IT guy friends who would disassemble everything you pretty much say much better then i have done in the past and

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 11:59

110. miket1737 (Posts: 2541; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


They know much more then you could ever even concieve about whatever you think it is that you know about hardware and software, they also use iOS devices.

Your just a ignorant PA troll techie, don't ever forget the title you made and earned for yourself

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 21:31 6

8. GreenMan (Posts: 1236; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


Well, there's a guy on YouTube who often speaks out about how poorly the ultra expensive Macs and iPhones are made. He even "dissected" a Mac Book once and showed how this thing has no air vents and how it's screen is patched up with cheap glue and yet it costs $2,000... That was a long time ago. I thought Apple products have come a long way since then. Alas, they haven't...

His videos are a real eye opener for potential customers i.e people like me who are old and want stuff that just works right out of the box and don't want to tinker anymore...

Too bad, I have forgotten his Youtube I.D... Does anyone else know about this guy? If so, kindly inform me...

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 21:36 3

9. BobLawblaw (unregistered)


HowToBasic

posted on 20 Mar 2016, 23:20 1

25. ibend (Posts: 4577; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


since green man didnt mention any eggs, I'm sure its not HowToBasic :-/

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 00:40 1

33. GreenMan (Posts: 1236; Member since: 09 Nov 2015)


@ibend I just looked it up and it's indeed HowToBasic! WOW, I didn't know that man has become so popular! A celebrity of sorts among geeks!
BTW, what do you mean by eggs? Did he find some egg shells inside a Mac or what? Would love a link or two...

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 01:38

46. Unordinary (Posts: 1692; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


The thing has no air vents because the aluminum carries out the heat and disperses it away from the core. Learn a thing or two about engineering before you throw a fit again lol. By the way, had an old HP several years back which literally got to 75+ degrees CELSIUS. Lol. Yet it had a huge ass fan. My uncles Samsung notebooks battery melted the (cheap) plastic housing around it. I have more stories, but you could see where I'm going. There are problems with everhthing. Last time I checked with my iBook G3/600 (year 2001) still runs flawlessly, the screen is still in perfect condition and it's quality plastic hasn't melted yet lmao.

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 07:46 3

78. iushnt (Posts: 1687; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Fake story

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 09:34 1

93. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


There is no such thing as quality plastic. Oh wait, its only quality because Apple uses it. If someone else uses plastic, then its considers cheap. lol

Even with all the proof of Apple crappy workmanship you still think they actually make high quality products?

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 14:09

120. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


LOL! It's because if it wasn't made of aluminum the thing would go up in flames just like an iPhone!

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 09:33 1

92. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


They have never changed. Macs still don't have vents. Macs are the leading PC's that have caught on fire. Though it is a rare occurrence, Macs are designed to fail. If you own a Mac and it doesn't fail, you're simply using it wrong...and yes that was sarcasm.

But jokes aside, any device that uses x86 hardware and active cooling should use vents. Just because the case is made of metal, doesn't mean it should be used as a heatsink. It is simply not a good workaround for a real heatsink

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 12:03

111. miket1737 (Posts: 2541; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


My macbook pro retina has vents and fans. My friend has had his iMac for almost a decade now and it is still running good. I think your extreme hate for these inanimate objects is really bad and sad... Have you ever considered therapy,? Having such hate for inanimate things is some form of a psychological condition no,?

posted on 21 Mar 2016, 14:10

121. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Another dumb Apple user who doesn't understand subtext as it whooshes past his head. He doesn't hate the object itself. It's the company that's s**t producing s**t.

posted on 22 Mar 2016, 15:19

126. miket1737 (Posts: 2541; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


I actually own many different types of products from multiple companies like Samsung, Huawei Nexus 6P(my.current phone) a Macbook laptop, a Nvidia shield tablet

He actually hates the objects themselfs and insults anyone who uses them, and that is your opinion if you think Apple makes s**t products, tens of millions upon more millions would severely disagree with you. Your a upset rambling fanboy moron, case closed

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