Apple iPhone 4 reportedly starts smoking on Regional Express airplane after landing in Sydney

Regional Express (Rex) 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.

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.

The matter has been reported to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) as well as the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) for investigation and directions.
The mobile phone in question appears to be an Apple iPhone (see picture below) and has been handed over to ATSB for analysis.

Cracked iPhone 4; purported to have emitted smoke
Cracked iPhone 4; purported to have emitted smoke

Regional Express (Rex) is Australia’s largest independent regional airline operating a fleet of more than 40 Saab 340 aircraft on some 1,300 weekly flights to 36 destinations throughout New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Queensland. The Rex Group comprises Regional Express, air freight and charter operator Pel-Air Aviation and Dubbo-based regional airline Air Link, as well as the pilot academy Australian Airline Pilot Academy.

MacDailyNews Take: Couldn’t wait a few more minutes until it got to the gate? Hey, just because it didn’t see the “No Smoking” signs is no reason to smash it! Or was it smashed before it started smoking? Getting smashed has sometimes been known to provoke smoking, you know.

Tens of millions of iPhone 4 units have been sold. Do the math.


  1. I just heard a thousand hard core Wintards, RIMroids, Hemroids frantically searching the web for any details about this. Get ready for ridiculous articles and postings from them and their affiliates. Here we go!

      1. yeah they don’t ever bother to read, ever.
        the plane had already landed when this “happened”

        the article I posted below (another post) you should read the crap the Giz guys (and fandroids) say about the glass breaking, completely skipping over the fact the idiot dropped the iPhone in the first place.. Dangling from a earbud, onto concrete and curbs. then blames Apple for the Glass…

      1. see what I don’t get, if it was on fire… why is the back cracked?
        Sure I see the back where it looks to have been hot..
        But that crack.. looks like from an impact.
        Radiates outward from the edge that is missing, sure looks like an impact on the bottom left corner.

        Granted, the cracks could be from after the “fire”. like when he dropped it when his hand got hot etc.

        I know… it’s from “that” site….
        Check out the gallery, picture 3 and 4… Looks a lot like the cracks in the one above. (and we know this Giz iPhone was dropped)

    1. Assuming everything is true, iPhone started smoking with no outside help (liquids)

      Jailbreaking the phone should have zero problems with hardware. I haven’t read the article yet, but if it’s a 4S there is no jailbreak yet.

      I’m leaning towards liquid or it was dropped prior. Guy looking for apple to buy him a new one. (or the carrier)
      Or the guy has opened the iPhone in the past, replace screen or home button etc.

  2. REX planes are 20 and change passenger small prop planes.. I flew in a couple getting around australia. One particular flight, we flew around a massive storm at night off the coast of Adelaide.. was utterly amazing despite the turbulence.

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