“An investigation into an iPhone that started spewing black smoke on a Regional Express (REX) flight last year has revealed the reason for the incident,” Luke Hopewell reports for ZDNet Australia.
“Flight crew on a trip from Lismore to Sydney last November noticed that black smoke had begun erupting from an iPhone, which had to be quickly put out with a fire extinguisher,” Hopewell reports. “The phone was sent to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) as part of an investigation into the matter, which has now revealed that a misplaced screw punctured the battery casing, leading to a short circuit that caused the battery to overheat.”
Hopewell reports, “The screw that caused the issue was the result of a botched screen-replacement job from a non-authorised service centre… Chief commissioner of the ATSB, Martin Dolan… warned against using unauthorised service agents for device repairs. ‘The incident also highlights the importance of good maintenance and repair processes for these devices, and the risk of using non-authorised repair agents.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Apple not responsible.
Apple iPhone 4 reportedly starts smoking on Regional Express airplane after landing in Sydney – November 28, 2011