Sam­sung Note phones face flight ban

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

NEW DELHI: A Sam­sung Note 2 smart­phone caught fire in­side a Chen­nai-bound in­ter­na­tional flight of IndiGo on Fri­day with 175 pas­sen­gers on board, lead­ing to a ma­jor safety scare.

The scare prompted the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA) to is­sue an ad­vi­sory to air­lines, ask­ing them to cau­tion pas­sen­gers to avoid us­ing Sam­sung Note se­ries phones on board.

The avi­a­tion safety reg­u­la­tor also or­dered a probe and sum­moned Sam­sung of­fi­cials on Mon­day.

The air­craft landed safely af­ter the crew re­trieved the smok­ing phone from an over­head lug­gage rack and put it in a con­tainer filled with wa­ter in the lava­tory.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on IndiGoflight6E-054fromSin­ga­pore to Chen­nai when the plane was about to land around 7.45am. The air­line said pas­sen­gers alerted the crew af­ter smelling smoke.

“The crew quickly iden­ti­fied mi­nor smoke com­ing from the hat-rack of seat 23C,” it said.

A fire ex­tin­guisher was also used, al­though IndiGo clar­i­fied there was no fire “but sparks were ob­served”.

It’s not yet clear whether the phone was switched off, in air­plane mode or was left on by the pas­sen­ger.

The in­ci­dent comes barely a fort­night af­ter the DGCA banned fly­ers from car­ry­ing the lat­est Sam­sung phone, Galaxy Note 7, in check-in bags. The reg­u­la­tor pro­hib­ited the phone’s use on board af­ter Sam­sung an­nounced this month to re­call mil­lions of this make over bat­ter­ies catch­ing fire.

“We are aware of an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing one of our de­vices. At Sam­sung, cus­tomer safety is our high­est pri­or­ity. We are in touch with rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to gather mor­e­in­for­ma­tion,an­darelook­ing into the mat­ter,” said a Sam­sung spokesper­son.


Charred re­mains of the Sam­sung Note 2 smart­phone that caught fire on a Chen­nai-bound flight.

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