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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: 5347; 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: 1229; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


Today's menu:-

Roasted iphone...

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:46 2

63. chunky1x (Posts: 270; 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 (unregistered)


Apple should patent iFire sine their phones are exploding everwhere

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 19:59 1

2. Finalflash (Posts: 3485; 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 (banned) (Posts: 1095; 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: 1515; 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 (unregistered)


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

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:28 3

8. Ninetysix (Posts: 2623; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Oh the irony...LOL

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:39 4

15. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; 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: 40; Member since: 17 Aug 2014)


Two words: Apple sucks

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 21:59 3

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 24343; 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: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


That is more than two words.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:08 1

58. imMature (Posts: 87; 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: 1054; 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 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Mainly Apple products causing the major impact.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 03:44

57. power_x (Posts: 264; 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: 428; 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 (unregistered)


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

posted on 17 Aug 2014, 20:54 4

23. na7noo7 (Posts: 278; Member since: 29 Mar 2014)


JakeLee was probably crying when this thread was made.

posted on 18 Aug 2014, 04:13

59. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; 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: 109; 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: 1229; 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: 6534; 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: 2623; 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: 3487; 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: 2623; 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: 3487; 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: 2623; 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 :)

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