Shoddy repair of Apple iPhone screen led to smoking unit on Australian flight last year
To find out the cause of the malfunction on the iPhone, the device was shipped to the FAA and a misplaced screw was discovered inside the unit's battery cavity. The Apple iPhone's owner had the screen on his phone replaced, but not by an authorized iPhone repair center. The center accidentally failed to properly replace the screw which was most likely holding the model's 30 pin connector in place. The loose pin shorted out the battery terminals which caused the smoke and red glow.
The repair center also failed to replace a screw that fastened the main board of the device, put two screws used to fasten cable in the wrong spots, damaged the adhesive that keeps the main board in place, removed the two indicators used to determine if a liquid spill damaged the unit and deformed a metal clip used for the battery.
In an understatement, the ATSB said that its findings indicate, "a lack of appropriate quality control on behalf of the unauthorized repair facility". The agency also noted that this is the reason why devices using a lithium-ion battery should be carried on a plane rather than checked in as luggage.
The damage to the Apple iPhone (L) was partially caused by a faulty repair that left a screw in the battery cavity, according to the FCC, where it shorted out the battery terminal
1. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
I remember the trolls had a field day with this story.
4. Sniggly (Posts: 6222; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
And now you're going to blame those trolls for not knowing the unit had been repaired once before?
We had no more a field day than was had when reports came in from Europe about exploding iPhones.
5. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Glad you admit to being a troll lol
6. Sniggly (Posts: 6222; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Glad you didn't dispute the reports about exploding iPhones.
I accepted long ago that no matter what facts I cockslap you with, you will never admit that what I do isn't trolling. There's no point arguing with someone who no longer accepts reality as it truly is.
11. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)
It's Taco nothing he says should be taken seriously. It's like arguing with the town fool.
14. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
I remember how nice it was when you didn't post on this site...
2. Birds (Posts: 854; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)
Why is it always Australian Airlines that an iPhone self-destructs on?
3. SheepdogElite (Posts: 4; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)
Because australia is a mecca of apple enthusiasts.
7. medicci37 (Posts: 532; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Australia... You've just been smoked by Apple.
8. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Well, it looks like the iPhone *puts sunglasses on* was really screwed.
10. VZWuser76 (Posts: 726; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Hey H, I didn't know you commented on phonearena. ;)
15. plucas001 (Posts: 2; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)
For a non shoddy repair, check out ineedzoe.com for quality nationwide & DC/NOVA area repairs...
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