Phone charger catches fire during flight

Jane Wharton for Metro:

A phone charger is believed to be the cause of a fire which forced a flight from New York to London to make an emergency landing.

Massachusetts State Police’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit examined the jet and found a device between the cushions of a seat which had ignited.

A police spokesperson said: ‘Preliminary investigation suggests it is a battery pack consistent in appearance with an external phone charger. There were 217 passengers and crew on the flight, which was safely evacuated.

Can anyone remember this far back?

“Southwest Airlines evacuated 75 passengers from a flight preparing to take off from Louisville Airport in Kentucky after smoke from a Samsung Galaxy phone filled the cabin,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider. “The phone was a replacement Galaxy Note 7 that had been powered down for takeoff.”

MacDailyNews Take: We doubt it will be an Apple charger that’s at fault – the basic truth? When it comes to rechargers and battery packs, always purchase a reputable brand.


  1. The key phrase here is “external battery pack”, “pushed between cushions”. Apple does not make one of these.
    -When using, do not cover with pillows, blankets, etc because they generate heat and could overheat. Potential stupid user.

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