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iPhone 6s bursts into flames on Alaska Airlines flight – “I thought we were going down”

by Todd Haselton | March 21, 2016March 21, 2016 6:26 am PST

We cover plenty of phones that catch fire. The latest is an iPhone 6s that reportedly caught fire during an Alaska Airlines flight. Talk about a scary scenario.

According to ABCNews, a young woman named Anna Crail was on a flight to Hawaii, probably looking forward to some scuba diving and surfing, just kicking back and watching a quick flick when suddenly the iPhone burst into flames. “All of a sudden there was like 8-inch flames coming out of my iPhone,” Crail told the news outlet. “And I flipped it off onto the ground and it got under someone’s seat and the flames were just getting higher and a bunch of people stood up…. I thought we were going down.”

I don’t think kicking the phone under a seat was the best idea, but I don’t know what it’s like to be in that sort of scenario either. It’s unclear what caused it, maybe Crail was using a third-party charger plugged into the airline outlet? That’s usually the case.

The flight landed safely and now Apple and the FAA are investigating.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...