Samsung Note 2 catches fire on flight to Chennai, DGCA warns users

Samsung Note 2 catches fire on flight to Chennai, DGCA warns users

It said there was no fire but sparks and smoke were coming from the phone. However, after it discovered that some of the Note 7's batteries burst into flames when charged, it offered to swap devices in an early September voluntary recall. "They should either keep these devices switched off or not travel with them", said a DGCA spokesman.

People onboard the flight got attentive when they smelled something burning in the cabin. The staff pinned down the source of the smoke to the hat-rack of seat 23C, following which the pilot alerted the ATC about the situation.

The phone was found in the bag of a passenger in an overhead bin after other passengers reported smelling smoke in the plane, IndiGo said.

The cabin crew used the fire extinguisher and transferred the mobile handset into a container filled with water in the aircraft lavatory, the airline said.

A Samsung spokesperson said: "We are aware of an incident involving one of our devices".

Along with revealing that almost half a million of the recalled Galaxy Note units have been replaced in the US, Samsung has also said that it is taking additional measures for ensuring the safety of its customers. "We are in touch with relevant authorities to gather more information, and are looking into the matter".

The aircraft made a normal landing at the Chennai airport and all passengers deplaned normally, it said. IndiGo has voluntarily informed the DGCA.

The exploding Galaxy Note 2 in question is now being investigated by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The regulator has asked the airline to give it the phone for a probe. Samsung officials have been informed after the mishap. The total number of Galaxy Note 7 units sold by the company - before announcing a voluntary recall of all the sold Galaxy Note 7 handsets - was almost 1 million.

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