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

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. 


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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115 Comments

1. des9301

Posts: 15; Member since: Mar 17, 2016

Well.. That sucks

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

58. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

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

66. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

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

68. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 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".

70. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Stupid dumbass auto correct. My sisters ip6s.

125. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

29. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Phone with most "gate".

59. MSi_GS70 unregistered

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

2. keithtae

Posts: 564; Member since: Mar 25, 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.

3. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Hahaha. Well. I found your comment funny

23. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

63. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 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.

107. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I guess my comment can apply to you as well.

89. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

106. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

16. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31036; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

71. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Not a joke. The truth.

18. jngo102

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Don't you mean "just...plane...stupid"? I'll leave now.

24. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It was a dumb comment indeed.

62. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 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.

74. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Not sure if trolling, or stupid.

76. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

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

84. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

67. S-R-K

Posts: 304; Member since: Mar 15, 2016

Yes it was so funny RoTfLmFaO The fruit deserves it

7. Unordinary unregistered

Something else Samesung copies, lol.

15. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

27. Unordinary unregistered

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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