Another battery explosion on a plane causes burns to woman's face

Another battery explosion on a plane causes burns to woman's face
The smoldering issue of igniting batteries has once again given off a new spark with yet another battery explosion. And on a plane, too.

Two hours into a flight from Beijing to Melbourne, a battery-powered pair of headphones exploded and caused serious burns to a woman, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has reported. The woman was just dozing off when she heard a loud explosion and woke up to burning sensations. 


Apparently, the battery was the source of fire and was left melted into the floor, according to the report. The report, however, is silent on the headphones make and model. Flight personnel were quick to put the smoking device in a bucket of water and attend to the woman’s condition. Nonetheless, the smoke and smell of burnt plastic quickly filled the plane “and people were coughing and choking the entire way home”.

Even though Samsung is not mentioned in the report, we are in no doubt that this incident stirred unpleasant feelings over in Korea, mainly, but not only due to last year’s Note 7 screw up. We also still recall that a Galaxy S6 and a Samsung tablet caught on fire mid-flight last year, and a Sammy battery plant caught on fire last month. 

Those guys can’t catch a break, we know, but it does seem like other manufacturers and products are affected by the problem, too. We do keep fingers crossed that this latest incident will not be followed by successors, as we are ultimately talking about human health here. However, we must admit that the timeline of the burning batteries issue just doesn’t let us get our hopes too high.

source: ATSB Report via CNET


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75 Comments

1. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1036; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Way to just assume it was Samsung headphones. Because ya know only Samsung products explode...

2. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

It was a phone that exploded not headphones

5. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1036; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

"a battery-powered pair of headphones exploded"

6. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Says the guy that didn't read the article...

27. yann

Posts: 613; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Looking into that photo, judging by lights trail, it is looking like Apple AirPods. Their batteries are at the bottom ends and you can see where are the burned pieces of skin. I cant remember any other wireless headphones to had batteries in the same place as Apple. And the fact that the manufacturer is not mentioned sounds like Apple gate.

31. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

I dont like Apple but airpod donc fall on your neck so its might be a beat one instead.

40. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Really? Im sorry but there is no way to tell what OEM the headphones were from just by looking at marks on the woman's face. Your simply trolling. There really is no way to even speculate the brand the headphones are from that picture.

37. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

How can you assume that he didn't...oh wait.

62. gigicoaste

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

as much as your head exploded by not reading a news found on internet since morning.. good morning!

77. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

PhoneArena wants to sabotage Samsung Galaxy S8's sales.

23. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

First they copy Apple with the Air pods then they explode on a plane.

33. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"First they copy Apple with the Air pods then they explode on a plane." They who??? As the manufacturer of that headphone wasn't mentioned at all. But this author was quick to assume it's a Samsung headphone, and grabbing this opportunity to, incey again, mention not only the Note7, but Samsung's tablet and battery plant... as if it's only Samsung's devices who have ever exploded... wow! I'm not surprised though... It's PA, after all.

41. stferrari

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Your an idiot and a bigot. Nowhere in this article does it state that this was a Samsung product you childish Twitter!!!!!!

52. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What? The Icon X were out long before the AirPod were and Samsung headphones have not exploded as far as we know. The battery is very tiny and likely would, So I assume this woman was wearing over-the-ear where th ebatteries are much larger and as far as I know, Samsung only makes one model...the Level. So that means it could have been BOSE, Beats, or some other brand. Samsung headphones as far as we know have NEVER exploded. So its unlikely an Apple or Samsung product. But to ASSUME Samsung PA i being their typical hypocritical self-righteous Samsung hating wankers that they are. A bunch of "bloody" wankers!

30. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Was probably Beats headphone. Had two client with burning/exploding one. One was charging and its literally exploded the others was listening to music and the headphone started making smoke and when he removed them they started literally to burn.

36. CellieCell

Posts: 150; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

I still think there's a conspiracy caused by Steve Jobs. Since he is the one who said he wanted to go nuclear on Android. And since Samsung is its biggest seller when Steve was alive. Go figure.

51. arming

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 23, 2016

PA is sponsor by apple , so they need to praise apple on 90% of their articles and its understandable but helping apple by trushing its rival is just even too low for PA.

60. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Gotta love how it's about headphones but the article make ppl think it was a samsung issue. Smh

61. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Omg poor Samsung...lol

69. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

And another idiot that didn't read. They did not say it was Samsung.

68. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

"Even though Samsung is not mentioned in the report, we are in no doubt that this incident stirred unpleasant feelings over in Korea, mainly, but not only due to last year’s Note 7 screw up. We also still recall that a Galaxy S6 and a Samsung tablet caught on fire mid-flight last year, and a Sammy battery plant caught on fire last month" Seriously WTF iPHONEaRENA??!!! What drugs you guys be on? Smoking the iCrack again?? This was no way related to Samsung. I hope you get sued for Deformation

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's awful. Thank God nobody else got hurt, and I hope she makes a full recovery.

44. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

the only comment in this thread that shouldnt be deleted.

53. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because you say so?

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I knew IPA was going to mention Samsung but did not mention the other phone company who's phone has caught fire but has done nothing to address it...

25. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Exactly. Not that they have published articles about their favorite brand's phones exploding WAYYY before we ever heard of a Samsung phone exploding. Btw, notice how they used to paraphrase such incidents as X phone caught fire, but when it was the Note 7, they decided to use a scarier word in exploding.

35. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Yep... ^^ They do it to stir fanwars in the comments section, which in turn, drives up clicks.

70. whatev

Posts: 2195; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

And it works as you are one of the chief commanders of your team in that war, congrats to PhoneArena they know how to play with your weak minds ^^

7. liberalsnowflake

Posts: 273; Member since: Feb 24, 2017

Never go full Note 7.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4099; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

If these were samsung they would be called out immediately across all news channels but everyone is silent on the brand. Same if it was a cheap Chinese brand. Sounds like Apple swooped in quickly to protect Beats.

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