Replaced Samsung Galaxy Note 7 catches fire in an airplane

Samsung has claimed the replaced Galaxy Note 7 to be free from any issues. But yesterday, a Note 7 caught fire in an airplane.

A Replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone catught fire on a Southwest plane in the USA on Wednesday. Source: Brian Green; The Verge
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Samsung has recently claimed that it has replaced over 1 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 globally. The replaced sets are said to be free from any issues. But yesterday, a replaced Galaxy Note 7 caught fire on an airplane. No one was harmed in the accident as the plane had not taken off and all passengers were evacuated safely and the flight was cancelled.

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was supposed to be Samsung’s best-selling device and a proper rival to Apple’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Instead, it became the company’s worst nightmare, something it direly wants to forget. And even with all the replaced devices, Brian Green’s new Galaxy Note 7 caught fire when the plane was getting ready for takeoff. Green later confirmed that he had picked up his new device on September 21st.

Talking to The Verge, he also mentioned that his Galaxy Note 7 had a green battery icon, and showed a picture of the device’s box which contained the black square symbol. Samsung has added black square boxes in all of the new Galaxy Note 7s that have are from the replacement batch.

According to Green, his phone started to smoke after he had powered down his device which had 80% charge remaining. He then dropped it on the floor and a ‘thick grey-green angry smoke’ began pouring out of it. The device burned through the carpet and scorched the subfloor of the plane.

The Verge even ran the device’s IMEI through Samsung’s recall eligibility checker to determine its safety, and the website said the device wasn’t affected by the global recall.

Well, just because a device catches fire once in a blue moon, it doesn’t mean that its whole batch will have the same problem. Recently, an iPhone 7 caught fire, but that doesn’t mean all iPhones will catch fire. But we are talking about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 here, and obviously, a lot of people looking forward to buying the replaced ones will have second thoughts.

Samsung is yet to comment on this issue.