A US Southwest Airlines flight leaving Louisville, Kentucky was evacuated after a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone started emitting smoke.
The flight was evacuated on the runway before take off after a passenger’s Samsung Galaxy Note 7 caught fire. According to the passenger, it was a replaced unit in Samsung’s global recall of the phone.
“All customers and crew deplaned calmly and safely via the main cabin door,” the airline stated.
After the reports of the Note 7 explosions, a global recall of the devices is in progress. Samsung recently suspended the sales of this phablet and recalled 2.5 million units.
Around 60% of the consumers in the US participated in the recall program by Samsung. According to the media reports, Brian Green Was the man whose phone caused the evacuation of the flight. It was also reported that the man had powered down the device for takeoff.
The damage caused by the device explosions were so severe that the fire officials could not verify the model of the phones.
Samsung said in a statement, “Until we are able to retrieve the device, we cannot confirm that this incident involves the new Note7. We are working with the authorities and Southwest now to recover the device and confirm the cause,” the company added. Once we have examined the device we will have more information to share.”
The incidents of the explosions of Note 7 device have struck a blow to the reputation of the Samsung, which is the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer.