You never know when your pocket will burst into flames, it seems — we’re learning today of an incident that occurred on a Prague-bound flight where a passenger’s burning iPhone 5 caused the entire airplane to be evacuated.
According to a report from TN CZ, about 150 passengers were preparing for a departure from Tel Aviv when smoke started coming from a woman’s handbag. After flames popped up, the jet’s crew decided to evacuate all of the passengers back into the main terminal building in the Tel Aviv airport (what a relief the plane hadn’t departed just yet).
After all the passengers were moved to a safe place, the bag — which had to remain in Tel Aviv — was closely inspected and it was deduced that an iPhone 5 was the culprit in this flaming handbag story. It’s unclear what caused the phone to light up, but it’s quite possible that it could have been serviced by someone unauthorized by Apple; this wouldn’t be the first time a third-party battery has caused explosions and the like.
The burning iPhone 5 joins a variety of other incidents, such as when that iPad Air which exploded in Australia, and when an iPhone 5c set a girl’s pants on fire, in Apple explosion history.