Another Samsung phone catches fire in U.S., plane evacuated


Lately Samsung has been struggling with a recall of 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 handsets due to complaints of exploding batteries, a problem the replacement phones are supposed to fix.

Brian Green is the owner of the replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phone that caught fire on a U.S. flight, leading to cancellation of the flight after evacuation.

"Until we are able to retrieve the device, we can not confirm that this incident involves the new Note7", ABC News quoted Samsung as saying in a statement.

Last month, Samsung shipped 500,000 replacement Galaxy Note 7 units to in the United States following a global recall of the flagship phablet.

According to Green, he "powered down the phone" when he entered the plane and placed it in his pocket, which is when it began to smoke.

A plane in the Midwestern state of Kentucky had to be evacuated Wednesday after a new Samsung phone reportedly caught fire prior to take off.

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Authorities in Canada and Hong Kong have also prohibited all of these devices from being taken on flights in their countries. According to the BBC , Lufthansa now has a ban on the device on all flights to the US.

The 75 passengers on the Baltimore-bound flight were all fine, a statement from the airlines said, but the incident is more bad news for the world's largest mobile phone manufacturer.

Other passengers said the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's fire burned through the carpet. Green said he picked up the new phone at an AT&T store on 21 September. Green said the phone had a green battery icon too, which also indicates a replacement device.

"Safety is always our top priority", the airline said in advising their passengers to follow Federal Aviation Administration rules, which prohibits the usage of mobile phone or turned on devices while on board.

"A customer reported smoke emitting from an electronic device".

"CPSC is moving expeditiously to investigate this incident", CPSC chairman Elliott F. Kaye said in an email to TechnoBuffalo.

Though not confirmed, the incident further complicates safety concerns for Samsung, despite its efforts in restoring the customer loyalty by implementing a worldwide recall plan.