Reports of Woman Killed by iPhone Go Viral in China

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The death of a Chinese flight attendant who was electrocuted when she answered a call on her iPhone 5 while it was charging on July 11 has gone viral on Chinese social networking sites, according to China Daily USA and Sina.com.

Though further investigation is still underway, Chinese media report that police have confirmed that the victim, 23-year-old Ma Ailun from the western Xinjiang region and a flight attendant with China Southern Airlines, died from electrocution. Ma was preparing for her wedding which was planned for Aug. 8.

According to social media site Weibo (the Chinese version of Twitter), someone caliming to be Ma's sister tweeted to urge iPhone users to be careful. She said Ma bought her phone last December and the phone was charging when the electric shock occurred. While some believe that talking on phone while it’s charging can pose risks, others discard the news as rumors.

Apple responded by e-mail, stating that they were deeply saddened by the tragic incident and would throughly investigate and cooperate with authorities on this matter.