Galaxy Note7 deemed safe catches fire on a plane

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By now you’d expect a Samsung Galaxy Note7 from the first batch to easily catch fire – after all, that’s why the Korean company recalled all 2.5 million units it sold until September 2. On the other hand, you probably wouldn’t expect a replacement unit, deemed safe by its maker, to have the same fate.

Yet it appears as that’s exactly what happened today in Louisville, Kentucky, aboard a Southwest flight to Baltimore. While the plane was still at the gate, a ‘safe’ Note7 spontaneously decided to catch fire. The flight was immediately evacuated, and the picture below purportedly shows the phone after smoke stopped coming out of it.

Galaxy Note7 deemed safe catches fire on a plane

No one was injured in this incident, as the handset’s owner quickly threw it on the plane’s floor. The man in question claims this was a replacement Note7 unit, which he picked up from AT&T on September 21. He provided the photo below, showing the box in which the new device came.

Galaxy Note7 deemed safe catches fire on a plane

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Very noticeable is the big black square that’s supposed to confirm that the unit inside has a safe battery, one that isn’t prone to spontaneously combusting. The Note7’s owner says his device had the green battery icon too, another confirmation that this was a replacement unit.

Then again, that can’t be verified anymore, and there’s a chance the box is from another handset of course. So while you probably shouldn’t panic at the moment, if this turns out to have been truly a unit deemed ‘safe’ by Samsung, things really aren’t looking good for the Korean company.

Here’s what allegedly happened. Brian Green, the owner of the exploding phone, turned it off after boarding, as per the flight crew’s instructions. He put it in his pocket when it began smoking. He then dropped it on the floor of the plane, noticing “thick grey-green angry smoke” coming out of it. When a colleague of his went back into the plane to get some personal belongings, he noticed that the phone burned through the carpet and managed to scorch the subfloor of the plane.

Green says it was at 80% battery left when this happened, and he’s only ever used wireless chargers to top it up since he got it. Samsung has not commented on this yet.

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Source: gsmarena.com

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20 thoughts on “Galaxy Note7 deemed safe catches fire on a plane

  1. Diu Nia Ma, 5 hours agoSamsung makes good phones?
    Samsung is only good at marketing and hence they able to lure doze… moreyup, you are right.. I still remember the old days before android invented (still symbian) samsung always copying design from LG and always go patent war with LG (stealing from LG then sued LG) about lcd/led technology

  2. Savor , 4 hours agoListen, I do understand people getting all defensive with the Note7. It is a GREAT PHONE to yo… moreDamright you are.

  3. pulangratz, 2 hours agoDo you have to carry the box always? hmmm this is fishyWhere in the article said that he carries the box around?

  4. Julliard, 4 hours agoFake. No Note7 ever caught fire while turned off. Isnt that the main reason Samsung urged all … moreGood Point bro.

  5. The only way samsung can sell this device in india is to price it at around 50k n launch a blue color here. Otherwise chances r minimal.

  6. mob master, 1 hour agoGood Point bro.I think someone is doing that on purpose to screw samsung. As this guy says, why always on a plane? For noticeability, run away from Samsung note which is targeted for business people who travel by plane a lot. Competition between corporations is insane and they just want to kill each other… But that’s just my opinion…

  7. This is bad, i think the problem is not just the bettery but it is something that is affecting the battery to cause it to burn. It should be reviewed totally, noy just changing the battery.

  8. Julliard, 4 hours agoFake. No Note7 ever caught fire while turned off. Isnt that the main reason Samsung urged all … moreThat is so very true. Sabotage at it’s highest degree!

  9. Anonymous, 1 hour agoJust buy an iPhone. >.Yeah by a more over priced less advanced phone to avoid an issue….
    Not to mention that iphones have had this issue too….so terrible point

  10. Anonymous, 2 hours agoyup, you are right.. I still remember the old days before android invented (still symbian) sam… moreLol. You tell good jokes

  11. Savor, 2 hours agoDisappointed at so many comments at Android Central forum. Arrogance and total disregard for h… moreOk…..so does that mean nobody should get any apple, htc, moto, lg devices just to start off with either?

  12. AadiRizvi, 3 hours agoHmm if thats the case then why Samsung is not ‘sabotaging’ its rivals like Apple? Samsung is i… moreYeah….cause this is their first in house battery….
    And no apple, lg, moto, or htc, or others have ever had similar issues.
    You must be new here…or just a hater…

  13. Nio, 1 hour agoThe only way samsung can sell this device in india is to price it at around 50k n launch a blu… moreNo one buys if they give it free. Indians feel bad about Nokia from out of this business. Miss u Nokia.

  14. this is bad PR for samsung..but if the man was lying about the replaced phone(i really doubt that its a company sabotaging samsung..but if there is, it could be google, or microscoft, especially since nokia becomes independent after this year), then boy is he going to be in a world of pain…people generally ignore requests to turn off phones..thats always there

  15. sjshazzy, 9 minutes agoBrian Green, the owner of the exploding phone. LolololNote 7s patented explosive technology

  16. LOL. Just buy a 7 Plus. Or a OnePlus 3 if you’re still deluded that Android is better.

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