Replacement Galaxy Note 7 Catches Fire on a Plane


Things just couldn’t get any worse for Samsung as Southwest Airlines flight 944 from Louisville to Baltimore was evacuated this morning because a Galaxy Note 7 smartphone caught fire, The Verge is reporting. Fortunately, the plane was was still at the gate, which allowed all passengers and crew to exit the plane safely via the main cabin door. More worryingly, it was a replacement Galaxy Note 7 device that was labelled as safe by Samsung.

The Verge spoke to Brian Green, owner of the Note 7, on the phone earlier today and he confirmed that he had picked up the new phone at an AT&T store on September 21st. A photograph of the box shows the black square symbol that indicates a replacement Note 7 and Green said it had a green battery icon.

Green said that he had powered down the phone as requested by the flight crew and put it in his pocket when it began smoking. He dropped it on the floor of the plane and a “thick grey-green angry smoke” was pouring out of the device. 

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Green said that his Note 7 was at around 80% of battery capacity when the incident occurred and that he only used a wireless charger since receiving the device. If you look at the screenshot below, running the phone’s IMEI through Samsung’s recall eligibility checker returns a “Great News!” message saying that Green’s Galaxy Note 7 is not affected by the recall.

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While Green has already replaced his Galaxy Note 7 with a new iPhone 7, does this mean Samsung does not yet know what really caused all those battery explosions and the whole recall thing is just a hoax?

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  • Kirk

    Wow….. this is not even funny anymore…

  • hlna55

    Hey… I think Samsung make great TVs.. but when it comes to phones and their whole “attack whatever Apple is doing” advertising philosophy, well… poetic justice is pretty funny.

    Didn’t they launch the “at least our phone has a headphone jack” campaign earlier this year?

  • FragilityG4

    On the bright side …. they’re consistent.

  • Bafoon

    their tv’s are sh1tte

  • Bafoon

    its a little funny….

  • Kirk

    Okay a little lol

  • hlna55

    Haha ok but they don’t blow up and catch fire

  • mrideas

    On my WestJet flight to Vancouver from Calgary this past Friday the cabin crew specifically announced that you could use your devices in-flight however, that excluded anyone with a Note 7 as they were told they could not use it on the flight. It was the sole phone excluded from use. Was a bit surprised but apparently it’s a smart thing to be doing until Samsung resolves whatever the problem is!

  • Triacc77

    And don’t forget their washing machines are exploding too! The Samsung engineers have no clue why either! Good ole’ Samsung! 😉

  • Sings Dr.Dre
    “My shits the Bomb, Xxplosive”

  • swotam


  • swotam

    Sort of facepalm funny…

  • hlna55


  • Kirk

    Yeah, like laughing at someone when they trip lol

  • Erik

    I was just on an Air Canada flight, and they announced that if you have a Galaxy Note 7, you have to keep it turned off and not to charge it during the flight. Ouch!

  • Dayummmm