Samsung phone fire blamed in evacuation of Southwest flight; device was a replacement Galaxy Note 7 that had been powered down

“Southwest Airlines evacuated 75 passengers from a flight preparing to take off from Louisville Airport in Kentucky after smoke from a Samsung Galaxy phone filled the cabin,” Daniel Eran Dilger reports for AppleInsider. “The phone was a replacement Galaxy Note 7 that had been powered down for takeoff.”

“According to a report by The Verge, the Galaxy Note 7 owner, Brian Green, said that his phone had been replaced by AT&T a week earlier as part of Samsung’s recall,” Dilger reports. “The replacement model featured the distinctive green battery icon indicating it was a fixed model deemed ‘safe’ by Samsung.”

” The FAA has issued guidelines that specifically name Samsung Galaxy phones as a fire hazard that should not be plugged in or charged during flight,” Dilger reports. “Green reported that he had powered down the Samsung Galaxy phone when requested by flight crew, but that the device began smoking while in his pocket. He dropped the phone to the ground and said that it began emitting ‘thick gray-green angry smoke.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Make that karmically-angry smoke.

“Green reported that he had only ever used a wireless induction charger to recharge the device, and that it was about 80 percent charged when the fire occurred,” Dilger reports. “The Verge noted that “Green’s Note 7 is in the hands of the Louisville Fire Department’s arson unit for investigation. He has already replaced it with an iPhone 7.””

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MacDailyNews Take: We picture beleaguered Samsung lying beaten in a ditch with Karma showing up right after breakfast, lunch, and dinner in order to deliver another swift kick in the teeth. The vision makes us feel all warm and toasty inside. 🙂

FOAD, slavish copier. FOAD.

Jeep charging a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (left) and a Jeep charing an Apple iPhone (right)
Jeep charging a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (left) and a Jeep charging an Apple iPhone (right)


Garage charging a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (left) and a garage charging an Apple iPhone (right)
Garage charging a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 (left) and a garage charging an Apple iPhone (right)

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    1. A lot of airplay in Oz since Choice Magazine has brought out it’s annual “shonky” awards and prominent amongst them are Samsung phones and dishwashers complete with “after” photographs. Now you can add an additional BOOM!

      1. Just an honest question here: seriously, what would happen if you ran a Samsung Note 7 through a Samsung washing machine? Could it cause universal implosion? The end of existence itself?

        Why the living fuck is nobody talking about this potentially universe-ending confluence of destructive forces beyond our comprehension?

        Again, not trying to be divisive or rabble-rousing. Just wondering. 🙂

  1. This is attempted murder of 75+ souls. Samsung knows their devices continue to have issues and the airlines know that Samsung devices can not be trusted on planes.

    This makes me never want to fly again.

  2. Thats incredibly dangerous for these things to be exploding while powered off. A blanket ban on all Samsung devices from flying would be the best measure at this point. Karma you are a wonderful sweet force that is righting the wrongs this company has wrought, please continue with your retribution but without hurting anyone or bringing down a plane. Although Samsung phones continuing to explode is always a welcome story.

    1. It’s obviously a DESIGN flaw, NOT a defective battery. This is more proof…

      Previous proof – Samsung issued a software update that limits battery charging to 60% as alternative to replacing phone. How could THAT be a “fix” if cause was defective battery?

      Bottom line. Using a different battery (with a “distinctive green battery icon”) won’t make it safe. Scrap the design or continue to put lives at risk.

  3. MDN is cracking jokes, but this is what an ACTUAL product fiasco looks like. Not buggy mapping software, not a dozen or so units that bend in users’ back pockets, but devices that actually ignite during normal operation, and create scenarios that put lives at risk.

    Tim Cook formally apologized and fired Scott Forstall over a poor mapping software release, and what has Samsung management done in this much more serious case? Released a hack patch to limit charging, and reissued new phones that apparently still catch fire. It is a disgrace that tech pundits haven’t taken Samsung to task.

  4. It it makes their Samsung VR device even more disturbing. If you want to make your face look like something out of a Francis Bacon painting, go ahead, but until something is done about this, then their phones should be banned for a while. I just can’t imagine this happening while it is attached to those headsets. It’s horrible.

  5. Don’t want innocent victims made of SamSplode’s folly and inept tech. Especially on a plane with huge potential casualty numbers. Banning them altogether would seem to be a sensible precaution. At this point the Galaxy Note 7 is a complete fiery bust. You couldn’t ask for worse PR – not that it might not work or work well but that it might actually KILL you!

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