By Omobolamle Kougbe
A Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Wednesday caught fire aboard a US plane, a Southwest Airline, forcing emergency evacuation of passengers.
The incident reportedly happened during the plane’s flight from Louisville, Kentucky.
Brian Green, owner of the phone, had claimed the phone was a replacement he got for an earlier one recalled by the South Korean phone company.
“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.” Samsung said.
Following the mounting complaints that the phone catches fire during and after it is charged, Samsung recalled the products in some countries, including the US. Samsung claimed it had so far taken back 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones due to the complaints. The company cited faulty batteries for the combustion reported about the phone model.
A Samsung statement says it was unable to confirm its phone caused the fire.