Australia warning over smouldering iPhone incident

May 04, 2012

Australia's air safety watchdog warned Friday of the potential dangers of lithium battery-powered devices after an iPhone that had undergone unauthorised repairs started smouldering on a flight to Sydney.

In the incident last November on Australian carrier Regional Express a crew member used a fire extinguisher on a passenger's phone that began overheating and giving off smoke in the cabin.

An investigation by the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau (ATSB) found that a small metal screw had been misplaced in the phone's battery bay.

The stray screw punctured the battery casing, causing an internal that led to overheating, which increased as the battery reacted and began to break down.

It found that an "unauthorised repair facility" had failed to exercise appropriate quality control on the when it was being fixed.

The ATSB said passengers should be aware of the safety measures related to flying with lithium battery-powered devices.

"When travelling with mobile phones, laptops and other portable , or just their batteries, passengers should, wherever possible, carry them in the cabin, and not in checked-in baggage," it said.

"The incident also highlights the importance of good maintenance and repair processes for these devices, and the risk of using non-authorised repair agents."

The report did not say if the danger was limited to travelling in pressurised air cabins but said there was no previous record in the ATSB's databases of a similar incident happening on an aircraft in Australia.

Explore further: After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom—and glut

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Apple denies battery problem with exploding iPhones

Aug 28, 2009

US technology giant Apple on Friday rejected reports that overheating batteries had caused some of its iPhone devices to explode in users' hands, blaming incidents in France on "external pressure".

IPhone 4S first phone for low-power Bluetooth

Oct 24, 2011

The iPhone 4S has a little-heralded feature that makes it unique among phones, at least for a while: It can talk to a new class of wireless devices, such as watches and glucose and heart-rate monitors.

Recommended for you

European grid prepares for massive integration of renewables

9 hours ago

Today, the ancient city of Rome welcomed an important new initiative for the large-scale integration of grids and of renewables sources into Europe's energy mix, with nearly 40 leading organisations from research, industry, ...

Preparing for a zero-emission urban bus system

Oct 30, 2014

In order to create a competitive and sustainable transport system, the EU must look to alternative fuels to replace or complement petrol and diesel. Not only will this reduce transport emissions but it will ...

Exploring the value of 'Energy Star' homes

Oct 30, 2014

The numbers in neat columns tell—column by column, page by page—a story spread out across Carmen Carrión-Flores' desk at Binghamton University. It's a great story, she says; she just doesn't know how ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.