More bad news for Samsung as a Note 7 reportedly catches fire on a Southwest plane

The owner of the device had reportedly turned it off, and seconds later it began smoking, which prompted an evacuation of the flight.
Written by Jason Cipriani, Contributing Writer

Look for the black square and right bar codes for a safe Note 7.

A replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 reportedly caught fire on a Southwest plane on Wednesday. The incident occurred before the plane was airborne and nobody was hurt.

Here's how Brian Green, owner of the Note 7, explained what happened to The Verge:

"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. Green's colleague went back onto the plane to retrieve some personal belongings and said that the phone had burned through the carpet and scorched the subfloor of the plane."

According to Green, the device was replaced by AT&T on Sept. 21. Its box had a black square and green battery icon to indicate it was safe.

After a disastrous Note 7 launch, when the Korean company was forced to issue a global recall of its latest smartphone due to batteries exploding or catching fire, a replacement Note 7 catching fire is the last thing the company needs.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission formally recalled one million Note 7 units in mid-September after 92 reported incidents in the US alone.

Previously, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned use of the Note 7 during a flight due to the fire risk it posed.

ZDNet has asked Samsung for a comment and will update the story when we know more.

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