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Exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 causes plane to be evacuated

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A plane in the United States has been evacuated before take off after a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 caught fire while the aircraft was still at the gate.

No injuries were reported and all passengers and crew were able to leave the Southwest Airlines flight from Louisville to Baltimore via the main door.

Worryingly, the device was a replacement model which the owner had exchanged on September 21st.

Brian Green said he had collected the phone from AT&T after taking advantage of Samsung’s widely publicised exchange programme.

Users in Korea have already complained that replacement handsets were overheating and losing charge, leading Samsung to delay the relaunch of the Galaxy Note 7.

This is the first instance outside of Samsung’s home country and will lead to further questions about the safety of the handset.

Samsung says that it has replaced 60% of Galaxy Note 7 models in Europe and will put the phone back on sale in the UK on October 28th.

The company yesterday revealed that its profits were up in the past three months, despite the global recall of its flagship product.

Source:

The Verge

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