Samsung phone catches fire in plane;DGCA summons company execs

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       By Ida Torres

The passengers were deplaned after the aircraft landed normally at the Chennai International Airport. According to a Samsung spokesman, "We are in touch with relevant authorities to gather more information".

Another customer, surnamed Lee, said he took out his Note 7 with the battery charged at 90 percent but fell down to 50 percent quickly and overheated. The DGCA has now summoned Samsung officials on Monday to discuss the issue.

Passengers alerted cabin crew who opened the compartment to see sparks and smoke coming from the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phone, the airline, owned by InterGlobe Aviation, said.

In a news release, Indi-Go said some passengers on its flight 6E-054 from Singapore noticed smoke and smell in the cabin and alerted the cabin crew.

This incident happened moments before the plane was about to land at the Chennai airport, said a Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official requesting anonymity. But reports of other Samsung smartphones catching fire have been surfacing in the meantime. The crew noticed smoke and found the device was emitting smoke after possibly catching fire.

The Pilot-in-Command was informed and the crew managed to extinguish the fire and quickly transferred the Samsung Note 2 into a container filled with water in lavatory.

Earlier this month Samsung issued a worldwide recall for its new Note 7 phones because faulty batteries can make the devices catch fire while the handset is charging or being used.

"We need more measures to actively inform consumers", Nam said.

It is still unclear as to how the old Galaxy Note 2 caught fire.

The phone will be examined to determine the cause of the incident, the airline said.

Samsung followed up last week by announcing that USA consumers who had purchased one of the recalled phones could choose between a replacement or a refund for the device, which sells for about $850. To be fair to Samsung, the Galaxy Note 2 comes with a replaceable battery, so we can't judge anything without knowing the facts.

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