Date
25 March 2017
Neither Samsung nor the airline has identified what model of Samsung device was involved but Reuters reports that it was the fire-prone Note 7 smartphone. Photo: Reuters
Neither Samsung nor the airline has identified what model of Samsung device was involved but Reuters reports that it was the fire-prone Note 7 smartphone. Photo: Reuters

US flight evacuated after Samsung device emits smoke

Smoke from a Samsung device prompted a US airline to evacuate a flight.

A customer on board Southwest Flight 994 from Louisville, Kentucly, to Baltimore noticed smoke coming from the device before the plane took off, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing airline officials.

Neither Samsung nor the airline identified what model of Samsung device was involved.

But Reuters reports the device was the fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphone.

“Until we are able to retrieve the device, we cannot confirm that this incident involves the new Note 7,” a Samsung spokeswoman said, referring to the Galaxy Note 7 phones that are prone to catching fire.

Samsung is working with authorities and Southwest to recover the device and confirm the cause of the smoke, she said.

In September, Samsung initiated a recall to replace one million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in the US that could ignite because of faulty lithium-ion batteries.

Shortly after, the Federal Aviation Administration urged passengers to avoid using Note 7 smartphones entirely on board airlines.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating the incident and has reached out to the FAA, Samsung and the owner of the phone, said the commission’s chairman Elliot Kaye.

In September, the commission launched a formal recall of the Note 7, two weeks after Samsung announced a voluntary recall of the smartphone.

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