India, New Delhi, September 23: Yet another Samsung device on fire. Now Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on Friday reportedly caught fire after emitting smoke on board Singapore and Chennai flight of IndiGo Airlines just when the plane was about to land.
The Samsung phone was kept in the overhead bin. A spokesperson of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said, the crew noticed smoke from the bin and found the device was emitting smoke after possibly catching fire. They used fire extinguishers on it.
IndiGo has confirmed the news of fire onboard flight. The Airlines released a statement mentioning, "IndiGo confirms that a few passengers travelling on the 6E-054 flight from Singapore to Chennai noticed the smoke smell in the cabin this morning (September 23, 2016) and immediately alerted the cabin crew on board."
The crew quickly identified minor smoke coming from the hat-rack of seat 23 C and simultaneously informed the pilot-in-command who further alerted the ATC of the situation on board.
Taking precautionary measure, the cabin crew on priority relocated all passengers on other seats, and further observed smoke being emitted from a Samsung note 2 which was placed in the baggage (of a passenger) in the overhead bin, the statement read.
The crew discharged the fire extinguisher which is as per the standard operating procedures prescribed by the aircraft manufacturer, and quickly transferred the Samsung note 2 into a container filled with water in the lavatory,.
However, no life threatening incident took place on the plane and it landed normally and the passengers de-boarded as per the procedure. The concerned departments will further examine the Samsung mobile and also meet the officials of the company.
We are thankful to passengers for their vigilance and cooperation extended to the crew on board, the airline said. The Samsung officials are summoned by DGCA and meeting will take place on Monday. The phone has been kept for probe and discussing the matter with officials.
It is notable that DGCA had earlier banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 in check-in baggage and had asked the passengers to keep the cell phone switched off during the flight time.