The Christian Post > CP PT News Brief|Ter, 16 Jul. 2013 00:01 AM EST

Woman Electrocuted by iPhone 5, Extraordinary Death Being Investigated in China (VIDEO and PHOTO)

PorAmanda Gigliotti | Repórter do The Christian Post

Apple is investigating the death of a woman in China who was reportedly electrocuted after answering a call on her iPhone 5 while it was charging.

According to the victim's family, the young bride-to-be Ma Ailun, 23, collapsed to the floor after using the device Wednesday.

Ma Ailun
(Photo: Weibo)
Ma Ailun, chinese flight attendant, died after talking on iPhone 5 while it was charging, in China.

Apple's spokesman released a statement saying, “We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic incident and offer our condolences. We will fully investigate and co-operate with authorities.”

While details are limited on the incident, several factors could be at play in this incident.

According to experts, the likelihood of someone being electrocuted by a smartphone is very low. Even while the device is being charged the chances to severely harm a person are also very low.

iPhone 5
(Foto: Divulgação/Apple)
iPhone 5

"We have seen very few incidents related to shock or electrocution (involving cell phones)," said Scott Wolfson, communications director for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, according to CNN.

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However, charging a phone's battery with an incompatible charger can potentially expose users to overheating, fire or electric shock. This could be a possibility in the country where the market is being flooded with counterfeit chargers.

Ma's sister claims that her phone was bought at an official Apple store. Therefore, she was using the original charger.

Experts also points out water can also cause electric shock if the person is using the device - as water is an excellent conductor of electricity. Ma's family said she left the bath to answer the phone at the moment of the incident.

Watch video with images of Ma before she dies with subititle in English.

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