iPhone 4 spontaneously combusts

It was your pretty standard Regional Express flight from Lismore to Sydney...well up until a passenger's mobile phone self-combusted shortly after landing.

Luckily the phone wasn't in the passenger's trouser pocket at the time, and no people on board were harmed.  After the plane landed, the iPhone started to glow red and emit a dense cloud of smoke, which the Flight Attendant was quick to extinguish.

The matter has been reported to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), submitted with the phone for inspection.  The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is also in on the investigation.  We'll be keeping track of this one.  As iPhone 4 owners ourselves with vast plans of aviation travel in the future, we can't help but be slightly worried, even if it's an isolated incident.

Press release credit: Regional Express