tech2 News StaffSep 23, 2016 17:35:47 IST
A Samsung Galaxy Note 2 caught fire in an IndiGo flight that was inbound to Chennai mid-air. The cabin crew rushed to take the situation under control after trying noticing smoke coming out from the overhead baggage bin used to store luggage. They followed procedure by using the fire extinguishers to douse the fire and transferred the Samsung Note 2 to a container filled with water.
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Officials are not clear if the passenger had switched off the Note 2 during the flight but they have called Samsung officials for a meeting on Monday to discuss the matter. There was no damage to the plane or passengers according to a DGCA spokesperson. IndiGo issues a statement regarding the event adding “IndiGo confirms that a few passengers travelling on 6E-054 flight from Singapore to Chennai noticed the smoke smell in the cabin this morning (September 23, 2016) and immediately alerted the cabin crew on board. The crew quickly identified minor smoke coming from the hat-rack of seat 23 C and simultaneously informed the Pilot-in-Command who further alerted the ATC of the situation on board,” as reported by Hindustan Times.
According to the DGCA spokesperson, all airlines have been asked by the authority to instruct their passengers to turn off their Samsung Galaxy Note devices during flight. This has made things worse for the South Korean smartphone maker as the company is presently in the process of a global recalling and replacement of Samsung Galaxy Note 7. The company has started shipping the replacement units for the affected Note 7 devices, but this incident is serious as it puts the manufacturing process under scrutiny. Samsung has not issued any statement regarding the issue at the time of writing.
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