Replacement Galaxy Note 7 (Safe) Catches Fire On Southwest Plane

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Replacement Galaxy Note 7 (Safe) Catches Fire On Southwest Plane
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Last month, Samsung recalled about 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 units due to faulty batteries that caused the phone to overheat and explode. Samsung blamed it on batteries made by its sister company Samsung SDI. The Korean electronics giant replaced the faulty Note 7s with new ones that featured safe batteries supplied by Amperex. Turns out, even the so-called safe Galaxy Note 7s could put your life at risk.

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On Wednesday, passengers aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Louisville, Kentucky to Baltimore noticed smoke emitting from one of their fellow passenger’s Galaxy Note 7. The owner of the device, Brian Green from Indiana, turned off the Note 7 and put it in his pocket. By the time Green took it out of his pocket, it was too hot to handle. The plane was evacuated immediately, and none of the 75 passengers and crew members were injured, said Southwest Airlines in a statement.

The device was a replacement Galaxy Note 7, which should have fixed the battery issue that caused the first batch of Note 7s to explode. It is a big blow to Samsung, which is trying hard to put the battery fiasco behind it. Brian Green’s wife Sarah told Reuters that Brian had got his original Note 7 replaced a couple of weeks ago after getting a message from Samsung. Green had picked up the replacement Note 7 at an AT&T store on September 21.

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The Verge was able to obtain photos of the phone and other details from the phone’s owner, which suggest it was indeed a replacement. It has a green battery icon that identifies