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Samsung’s ‘safe’ Galaxy Note 7 just caught fire on an airplane

This was after it had been powered off, no less.


Monica Riese


Posted on Oct 5, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 8:55 pm CDT

For the second time in as many weeks, a new Samsung Galaxy Note 7—the version ostensibly fixed by Samsung—has caught fire. This time, the incident forced the evacuation of a Southwest Airlines flight.

Brian Green had just powered off his phone when a “thick grey-green angry smoke” started emanating from the device, according to a report on the Verge. After the passengers and crew safely exited the plane, a colleague told Green that his smartphone had “had burned through the carpet and scorched the subfloor of the plane.” So, you know, that’s stellar.

Samsung had no comment for Verge, but it reportedly said the following to a local news station: “There is no evidence that this incident is related to the new Note7. We are working with the authorities and Southwest now to recover the device and confirm the cause.”

Read Green’s full account here.

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*First Published: Oct 5, 2016, 4:10 pm CDT