iPhone explodes midflight, emits 'dense smoke'

iPhone explodes on a flight into Sydney, reportedly filling the cabin with smoke. Battery problems happen, but a "red glow"? Not good.

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    An iPhone explodes during a flight in Australia. In this picture from the airline, we see the damage after the "red glow" was under control.
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We all know the iPhone has had its fair share of battery issues. And even some death grip problems. But this is one for the record books: On November 25, a passenger on an Australian flight, traveling between the city of Lismore and the city of Sydney, looked down to find his iPhone 4 had exploded, and was currently emitting plumes of "dense smoke." 

So say the folks at Regional Express, a major Australian airline. In a press release with the completely wonderful title of "Mobile Phone Self Combustion," Regional Express said the situation was quickly brought under control by a flight attendant. 

"Regional Express flight ZL319 operating from Lismore to Sydney today had an occurrence after landing, when a passenger’s mobile phone started emitting a significant amount of dense smoke, accompanied by a red glow," the release read. "In accordance with company standard safety procedures, the flight attendant carried out recovery actions immediately and the red glow was extinguished successfully. All passengers and crew on board were unharmed." 

As the team over at ABC News points out, this isn't the first time Apple has had trouble with exploding gadgets. In 2009, the European Union looked into allegations that various Apple mobile devices had caught fire. More recently, Apple recalled the original Nano music player, which were reportedly at risk of overheating. 

No word yet from Apple on the Great Australian Airplane Apple iPhone Combustion of 2011. 

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