A replacement model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone reportedly caught fire on a US flight, leading to cancellation of the flight after evacuation.
The Times of India reported, Southwest Airlines flight 994 from Louisville to Baltimore was evacuated during the boarding process after a smoked Note 7 was spotted.
A Southwest Airlines spokesperson said that, "All passengers and crew exited the plane via the main cabin door and no injuries were reported."
Brian Green who bought the new Note 7 from an AT&T store on September 21, had turned off his phone after the flight attendant call and all of a sudden, the device began to smoke. Green immediately dropped the phone to the floor of the cabin.
Green said that, the phone was letting off a "thick grey-green angry smoke." The phone had burnt through the carpet and "scorched the subfloor of the plane".
“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."
Later Samsung issued a statement, "Until we are able to retrieve the device, we cannot confirm that this incident involves the new Note7. We are working with the authorities and Southwest now to recover the device and confirm the cause. Once we have examined the device we will have more information to share."
A Samsung India spokesperson said that, "It is important to note that Samsung has not sold a single unit of Galaxy Note7 in India so far. The 'green battery icon' will apply to all Galaxy Note7 units that will be sold to customers in India when it is launched."