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Smoking, popping Samsung Galaxy Note 7 prompts Southwest evacuation
Thursday, 06 October 2016
A Samsung Galaxy Note 7, the kind of cellphone that has been recalled for overheating batteries, began popping and smoking Wednesday morning aboard a Southwest Airlines, sparking the evacuation of the flight while still on the ground at Louisville.

The incident brings more damage to Samsung’s reputation and calls into question the very future of the Note 7 itself, a phone that was highly regarded when it first hit the market in late August, before reports began to surface about batteries that caught fire.

Making matters worse, the device was apparently one of the replacement handsets that the South Korean company had previously deemed “safe.” Now it appears that the issue is far from settled.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, the federal agency overseeing the U.S. recall of the Note 7, late Wednesday said it is investigating the Southwest flight incident, according to a report on news site Recode.

The timing is awful for Samsung. It came a day after Google unveiled its own brand new Pixel handsets, which based on early buzz could intrude upon, if not outright threaten, Samsung’s dominant position among premium Android smartphones. And on its other flank, Samsung must still contend with Apple, which recently launched the iPhone 7.

The Southwest incident happened about 9:15 a.m. as Flight 994 to Baltimore was boarding. Arson investigators confirmed that a Samsung phone overheated, leading to smoke in the cabin, according to WHAS-TV reporter Rachel Platt.

Nobody was injured, but the incident caused enough smoke to force evacuation of the plane and the flight was canceled.

This above article is a summary. Please see the source article at Google News

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 October 2016 )
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