Replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Catches Fire on Flight

October 7th 2016

Lucy Tiven

Around a month after Samsung issued a recall of Galaxy Note 7 phones due to battery explosions, a smoldering model (which was allegedly a replacement model) prompted the evacuation of a Southwest Airlines flight.

The aircraft was still in the gate when the phone caught fire and no one was injured, the Verge reports. The flight was headed from Louisville, Kentucky, to Baltimore, Maryland.

Brian Green, the owner of the phone, told the Verge that it was a Note 7 purchased from an AT&T store after the recall: "The affected devices were sold in the U.S. before September 15, 2016," the Samsung website reads and Green purchased his on September 21, 2016, according to the Verge. 

Using a photograph sent by Green, the Verge confirmed the model of the phone and ran its International Mobile Equipment Identity number on the Samsung website. They received a message that said it was not affected by the recall.

Green's Galaxy Note 7 is among new models approved by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, the New York Times reports.

A passenger aboard the flight told the Times that the flight crew handled the situation calmly and smoke began to fill the air as people exited the plane.

Green told the Verge that he had followed directions from flight personnel, powered down his phone, and placed it in his pocket. Shortly after, it began to emit "thick grey-green angry smoke," he said. Green added that his colleague returned to the aircraft later to reclaim items left aboard and "said that the phone had burned through the carpet and scorched the subfloor of the plane," according to the report.

As Ars Technica points out, phone and computer battery explosions periodically pop up in the news, but often occur due to damaged electronics. It has not been confirmed if Green's phone was damaged.

“Until we are able to retrieve the device, we cannot confirm that this incident involves the new Note 7," a Samsung spokeswoman said in a statement to the Guardian. "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.”

ATTN: has reached out to Samsung. We will update this story when we hear back.