Samsung Note 2 catches fire on flight to Chennai; India may ban all Note models
NEW DELHI: A Samsung Note 2 phone emitted smoke after reportedly catching fire on a Singapore-Chennai flight of IndiGo on Friday morning when the plane was about to land. India has earlier banned the latest Samsung Galaxy Note 7 from flights.
The phone was kept in the overhead bin. “The crew noticed smoke from the bin and found the device was emitting smoke after possibly catching fire. They used fire extinguishers on it,” said a spokesperson of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
“While landing at the Chennai airport at 7.45 a.m., the cabin crew detected smoke from the handset kept in the overhead bin,” said a DGCA official.
An advisory would be issued to all airlines, asking them to tell passengers to either avoid or carry in the switched off mode all Samsung Note smartphones, the official said..
“We advise flyers to exercise caution while flying with Samsung Note devices . They should either keep these devices switched off or not travel with them,” said a DGCA spokesman.
An IndiGo statement said: “IndiGo confirms that a few passengers travelling on 6E-054 flight from Singapore to Chennai noticed the smoke smell in the cabin this morning (September 23, 2016) and immediately alerted the cabin crew on board. The crew quickly identified minor smoke coming from the hat-rack of seat 23 C and simultaneously informed the pilot-in-command who further alerted the ATC of the situation on board.”
It added: “Taking precautionary measure, the cabin crew on priority relocated all passengers on other seats, and further observed smoke being emitted from a Samsung note 2 which was placed in the baggage (of a passenger) in the overhead bin. The crew discharged the fire extinguisher which is as per the standard operating procedures prescribed by the aircraft manufacturer, and quickly transferred the Samsung note 2 into a container filled with water in lavatory.”
The aircraft made a normal landing at Chennai airport, and all passengers were deplaned as per normal procedure. The Samsung mobile will be further examined by the concerned departments. The IndiGo has voluntarily informed the DGCA.