Well, this is a first for me. A Press Release from a flight company, Regional Express, talking about a self combustion phone after the flight landed. The phone in question is an iPhone 4. Not much details on what happen though.
It seems that the iPhone 4 started to emit dense smoke with a “red glow” after the flight ZL319 operating from Lismore to Sydney landed. The flight attendants managed to extinguish the “red glow”. Here is the full press release (copied from Engadget).
MOBILE PHONE SELF COMBUSTION
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.