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Plane evacuated after replacement Samsung Note 7 fire

17 October 2016

This latest incident comes just as it appeared Samsung had resolved its 'exploding phone' crisis with replacement devices issued and sales reportedly picking up.

A Samsung official said in a statement that the company was unable to immediately confirm which device was involved in the episode.

Samsung Electronics Co said in a statement it was working to recover the device and to understand the cause.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incident and an investigation is now underway by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration. This would be the first reported occurrence of a post-recall Galaxy Note 7 catching fire inside the United States.

No one was injured, and after the phone began smoking, everyone evacuated the plane and the flight was canceled.

A Louisville to Baltimore Southwest Airlines flight was forced to vacate their seats because of a "smoking" Samsung Galaxy Note 7, according to The Verge.

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The box of the phone shows a black square symbol, which Samsung uses to indicate a replacement Note 7. Brian Green, the owner of the Galaxy Note 7 in question, had supposedly powered down the handset as was requested by the flight crew.

It began to overheat in the owner's pocket, emitting a "thick grey-green angry smoke".

A flaming Samsung phone is to blame for the evacuation of a Southwest Airlines plane in Louisville on Wednesday, according to Metro Arson. The episode could be damaging for the company, since the replacement devices were thought to be safe.

The South Korean technology giant stopped selling the Galaxy Note 7 on September 2, following reports that batteries in some of its smartphones had caught fire and exploded.

Smoke from a Samsung device prompted a U.S. airline to evacuate a flight. If these phones are also vulnerable to the same problem, Samsung may have a much bigger problem on its hands.