Yet another unfortunate Galaxy Note 7 incident.
Samsung has been doing well in recalling affected Galaxy Note 7 smartphones around the world, but it seems like even some of the replacement ones are faulty.
A flight from Louiseville to Baltimore, Southwest Airlines flight 994, has evacuated its passengers when a ‘safe’ Samsung Galaxy Note 7 started catching fire. Brian Green, the owner of the smartphone, said that it was actually a replacement given by AT&T on September 21.
Below is a photo of the handset’s box, showing the black square symbol as a sign of replacement. Green also said that it has a green battery icon, another indication that it’s a new unit.
Fortunately, no one was hurt. According to Green, the flight crew requested that he turn off his smartphone and he politely obliged. It was at his pocket when it started smoking, and he quickly dropped it on the floor to avoid getting burned.
The company is probably in another crisis mode following this disaster. Now, people with replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 wouldn’t feel any safer compared before. Samsung has issued a statement regarding the issue:
“Until we are able to retrieve the device, we cannot confirm that this incident involves the new Note7. We are working with the authorities and Southwest now to recover the device and confirm the cause. Once we have examined the device we will have more information to share.”
Apparently, even units deemed ‘safe’ by Samsung weren’t so safe at all.