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iPhone catches fire, forces evacuation of aircraft

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iPhone catches fire, forces evacuation of aircraft
If there is going to be a problem on a commercial aircraft, dealing with that problem while the plane is on the ground is preferable to the alternative.

A flight that was preparing to embark on a trip from Tel-Aviv, Israel to Prague, Czech Republic. The 150 or so passengers were boarding and getting settled when one girl opened her purse noticed a problem with her iPhone.

According to witnesses, Yardin Levi’s iPhone 5 was in flames and started spewing smoke throughout the aircraft cabin. As one might imagine, seeing something burst into flames on a plane, flying or not, was not a soothing influence on the passengers, and those that did not see the phone, but saw and smelled the smoke were even more alarmed.

The crew had everyone disembark the plane while officials checked things out. There is one picture from Mr. Blurry-blue-ish-cam, and it does not offer much explanation as to what might have caused the fire. No one was hurt. Yardin had to leave her toasted phone behind in Israel, but everyone was allowed re-board the plane and make the trip to Prague.


source: AndroidPortal.sk

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posted on 17 Aug 2014, 19:56 11

1. Scott93274 (Posts: 896; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Wonderful, now we can add cell phones to the ever growing lists of things we can no longer bring on planes.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:38

56. neela_akaash (Posts: 146; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Today's menu:-

Roasted iphone...

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:46 2

63. chunky1x (Posts: 230; Member since: 28 Mar 2010)


Things we can no longer bring on board the passenger aircraft:
1. Shampoo
2. Liquid soap
3. Drinks
4. Electronic mobile device with no juice in the battery.
5. Dignity

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 09:34 3

74. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6429; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Apple should patent iFire sine their phones are exploding everwhere

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 19:59 1

2. Finalflash (Posts: 1736; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Hmmmm, that is a unique looking situation there. Probably battery related but if it was in her purse, then the fault wasn't charging it. Can't wait for the final word on this one since the picture looks like the top of the phone exploded, which doesn't make sense.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:01 4

24. The-Sailor-Man (Posts: 837; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Sealed tin can don't let you see if the battery is swollen , or the battery to push out the battery cover. Even if the battery is original.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 07:56

70. Slammer (Posts: 1009; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


Excellent observation!

It is imperative that batteries be visually checked periodically for damage and operation. That is the importance of having access to the most integral part of an electronic device.

My guess is that this incident will be a direct issue with an overheated battery. Charging does not need to be initiated in order for a battery to overheat and go into self-destruction. Simple issues as programs still running on a weak or damaged battery can toast the cells.

John B.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:08 4

3. DouchebagWendy (banned) (Posts: 15; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Crispy Apple, yummy :)

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:13 9

5. wilsong17 (Posts: 893; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


And yet people love to buy those unsafe Ītoys. Smart people

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:28 3

8. Ninetysix (Posts: 1579; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Oh the irony...LOL

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:39 4

15. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4290; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Apple-based cults may ridicule technologies that take up free-will offerings.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:31 7

12. keekguy (Posts: 6; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


Two words: Apple sucks

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:59 3

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 11215; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Two words: Apple is a leading tech company, just like the other big for profit tech companies. All greedy, all money driven, and all producing for low and selling high. That's like a bazillion words, but you get the picture. Wait till it reads this post.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 01:59 5

53. RandomUsername (Posts: 457; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


That is more than two words.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:08 1

58. imMature (Posts: 82; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


His definition of 'words' is kinda different from us. Haha.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:35 7

13. twens (Posts: 615; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Sometimes you guys are so annoying and stupid. Amongst all the million iPhones and galaxies when 1 or 2 catches fire then you guys come here shouting and pointing figures. Aren't you guys old enough to have some common sense???
They are gadgets, a few of them are bound to have issues.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:40 7

16. Arte-8800 (Posts: 4290; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Mainly Apple products causing the major impact.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:44

57. power_x (Posts: 222; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Say that to the Galaxy S3 , S4 and S5

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:11 1

67. rawbow (Posts: 427; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Hey people die right? Not all of em are news.. Robin Williams hit the lights ( god rest his soul) and made news coz he was famous. iPhones are considered newsworthy man.. Just deal with it and move on

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:45 3

18. engineer-1701d (Posts: 889; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Wow no Jake_lee it was likely this phone on the plane llol

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:54 4

23. na7noo7 (Posts: 224; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


JakeLee was probably crying when this thread was made.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:13

59. Ashoaib (Posts: 1978; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


what jakelee will comment? it is negative for his beloved apple... probably he'll be hidding his face under the pillow or covering with his towel or may be he locked himself in the cupboard or may be he is standing behind the curtain weeping bitterly

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:21 1

61. kassi (Posts: 68; Member since: 25 May 2013)


he is standing at the railway station and thinking about jumping or not

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 12:44

77. neela_akaash (Posts: 146; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


His comment will be "That's not iphone, that's a cheap Chinese replica."

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:48 5

19. joey_sfb (Posts: 2905; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


With non removable battery no chance user be using poorly manufactured third parties battery and yet the iPhone is no less common in fire incidents.

They really need better battery procurement and quality check.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:55 2

30. Ninetysix (Posts: 1579; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


You only think it's common because the press loves to report about Apple all the time. With Android's 90% market share, these incidents are much more common.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 01:37

52. tech2 (Posts: 2045; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


And I am sure you have better coverage then all the media combined to boldly utter such a statement with complete reliability.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:46

64. Ninetysix (Posts: 1579; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Post #7 and that's only from Samsung. Do you even have common sense?

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:58

65. tech2 (Posts: 2045; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


lol...back-pedalling now are we ?

Post 7 didn't criticize the media ....YOU DID ! Also, you clearly say that press turns blind eye on android and only reports Apple. I merely asked for evidence.

P.S: Don't bother replying with rhetoric rant unless you have an actual link claiming your allegations on media.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 05:03

66. Ninetysix (Posts: 1579; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


The press loves to report on Apple. Read post #39 and multiply that with androids market share. Use some common sense please :)

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 06:11

68. tech2 (Posts: 2045; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Wow...Do you suffer from some kind of reading disorder ?!

AGAIN, that post again doesn't say ANYTHING about media loving to only report on Apple and not on Android !!!

You can't just 'multiply that with android' its not a math puzzle. Just because apple's phones are blowing up doesn't mean everyone else's is. That is the point. Stop blaming it on media and own up to your responsibility.

PS: When you start giving references of comments rather then a link to an actual article, its time to just shut up and stop embarassing yourself.

'nuff said.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 07:58

71. Ninetysix (Posts: 1579; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Read the original post that you are so anal about. I never said the media Only reports on Apple. Lol.... Nice try though broseph.

Fact...media loves Apple. Get over it.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:16

60. Ashoaib (Posts: 1978; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


No, user was not using poorly manufactured third party battery... user was using poorly manufactured apple's original battery... No wonder how apple make billions in profit

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:53 1

22. na7noo7 (Posts: 224; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


You made my day, PA.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 22:41

39. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1372; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


FFS, GROW THE F#@K UP PEOPLE. These days trying to find an intelligent conversation in the comments section on PA is like trying to find oxygen in space. Instead we've got a bunch of preschoolers showing how mature they're not. At least try and act like you have anything relevant to contribute.

I'll start, it's an electronic defect, I've seen tons of them in other devices when I worked in a repair shop when I was going to school, and it can happen to ANY company. Doesn't matter if it's Macintosh or Sparkomatic, s#@t happens, a bad solder joint, an electronic component gets too hot and falls out of tolerance, etc. Nothing's perfect, and nothing ever will be. Get it through your f#@king skulls.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 22:50 2

40. Ninetysix (Posts: 1579; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Lol. You are wrong. This doesn't happen on Android because it's made by fairies. Pixie dust prevents it from any defect.

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 23:11 1

42. AfterShock (Posts: 2800; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Well Apple don't have that!

Yeah that's right, we do!

They've unicorn urine, we've pixie dust.
Go smoke it!

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 23:26

44. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1372; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


Hey, way to prove my f#$king point guys. Apparently it's time to find a new place for news. Seems like no matter what article I went into on here, the fanboyism is so thick it's like trying to surf a wave of stupidity. If it's true that ignorance is bliss, 99% of the people on here must be on cloud 9.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:21

62. Ashoaib (Posts: 1978; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


dont be mad, your same point was told to if0ols thousands of time but they keep bashing android and keep singing the songs of apple's wonderfulness... so slowly slowly a resistance group is created on PA who shows the down side of apple... yes no electronic can be 100% perfect

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 09:46

75. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1372; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


And this is also what I'm talking about. Resistance group? Really?

Apple does things right and does things wrong. Who are you to tell people it's inferior. Let people like what they like.

The problem on this and many other tech blogs is people go to extremes. Extreme love for their product, extreme hate for anything else. That leads to finding faults where there are none in the other devices, and overlooking faults in the stuff they like. That does no one any good. If any of those faults are to be fixed, we have to identify them. And I don't just mean faults with iOS or WP, but android and it's OEM's as well. For example, I like Motorola, but they need to put a decent camera sensor in their phones and give users access to all the settings (even if it's under an advanced section).

But enough of this about wars and resistance. I'd assume most people on here could act like adults, so why not do so?

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 23:12 1

43. gigaraga (Posts: 921; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Lucky not one got hurt. But still...maybe Apple not paying FoxConnn enough money to manufacture their phones properly...

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 00:15 1

49. cttan456 (Posts: 60; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


Your guess is absolutely right. Apple is well known for squeezing the lowest cost out of contract manufacturers.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 00:11 2

48. cttan456 (Posts: 60; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


I never buy Apple products. You pay the highest price but you don't get the highest quality / specifications / functionality. RIP iPhone.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:00 3

54. D.Lamore (Posts: 162; Member since: 15 Aug 2014)


Apple phones are garbage , its just for status quo . It has nothing to offer In today mobile tech world. Iphone can't multitask .. RIP iphone

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 19:13 1

79. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 186; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)


iCHUMP6 : $850+ to over $1000+ for a phone with INFERIOR specs. JOKE.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:14

55. hameed1989 (Posts: 40; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)


Isolated event.. Doesnt prove Apple makes leaking batteries! but it does show lack of safety protocols for such emergencies and proper personnel to handle them!

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 07:49

69. Slammer (Posts: 1009; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


It is my hope that people start listening to us older tech entusiasts that have acquired the experience of battery powered electronic devices. Making something look pretty, doesn't equate to fullproof operation.

I have consistently made references to the importance of having accessibility to a very fickle and most failed component in devices. The battery is the most important as well as the most ignored piece in a device. It is highly recommended that batteries be "visually" checked every 5-6 months for swelling and/or other physical damage that can be attributed to heavy usage.

This article of news is nothing new. The extreme of it makes it news worthy. However, the common occurrences are far more prevalent that are never reported.

Anyone that thinks they are immune just because it has never happened to them, are their own worst enemy. Why have insurance on an automobile? You've never had an accident. Why look both ways when crossing a street? You've never been hit. Why carry a spare tire if you've never had a flat? Why inspect your battery if you've never had charging issue or lack of holding a charge?

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I would expect tech geeks to more proactive in trying to protect the power source of their devices rather than ignoring them.

John B.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 08:45

72. eckersley (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 Aug 2014)


The 1st and major reason this is newsworth is that it happened ON A PLANE- the first thought that screams at you on seeing smoke rise from someone's purse is TERRORISM.
We've read of phones from several manufacturers -Apple especially- explode, burn their owners in their jeans pocket etc.
so its neither about apple or peaches.
PS. and i wonder how people, in this case, compare Apple with Android- a hardware vs an OS.
Should u decide to compare at all, please do so appropriately- hardware vs hardware and software against software
thanks

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 08:45

73. eckersley (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 Aug 2014)


The 1st and major reason this is newsworth is that it happened ON A PLANE- the first thought that screams at you on seeing smoke rise from someone's purse is TERRORISM.
We've read of phones from several manufacturers -Apple especially- explode, burn their owners in their jeans pocket etc.
so its neither about apple or peaches.
PS. and i wonder how people, in this case, compare Apple with Android- a hardware vs an OS.
Should u decide to compare at all, please do so appropriately- hardware vs hardware and software against software
thanks

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 09:52

76. eckersley (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 Aug 2014)


Microsoft should seize this opportunity and give her a Lumia 930. This could earn them some good publicity, and perhaps boost sales for that model, u know.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 19:12

78. manzer (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Apr 2014)


was she maybe charging the phone in her purse with a battery pack type charger?

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