A replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 caught fire on a Southwest plane yesterday before takeoff at Louisville International Airport, forcing the evacuation of all passengers and crew members.
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What’s the Problem?
October 6, 2016 – The incident occurred Wednesday morning at about 9:15 a.m., as flight 994 was boarding for takeoff, according to CNN. The owner of the Note 7, Brian Green, said that he had powered the device down and put it in his pocket, and that a few seconds later he “heard a pop” and then noticed smoke “billowing” out of his clothes.
“I pulled the phone out and threw it on the ground, because I didn’t want it to explode in my hand,” Green said. “I didn’t know what else to do with it.”
The flight was evacuated after 2 rows of seats became enveloped in smoke. Southwest said that passengers were able to get seats on other flights in order to reach their destinations.
Most troublesome is the fact that the smartphone in question was a replacement Galaxy Note 7, one that was deemed safe by Samsung. Green confirmed that he had picked up the device at an AT&T store on September 21. A photograph of the box shows the black square symbol indicating a replacement Note 7, and Green said it had a green battery icon.
Samsung’s troubles may be just beginning, as a replacement phone catching fire would be truly disastrous for its image and finances.
“Until we are able to retrieve the device, we cannot confirm that this incident involves the new Note 7,” the company said in a statement. “We are working with the authorities and Southwest now to recover the device and confirm the cause.”
Do I Have a Samsung Galaxy Lawsuit?
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