Samsung just can’t seem to catch a break these days. After weeks of negative publicity because of the Galaxy Note 7 recall, it’s now having to look into an incident which happened on Indian airline IndiGo’s flight from Chennai to Singapore earlier this week. India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation has said that passengers on the flight smelled smoke coming out from an overhead baggage bin and alerted the cabin crew. It was later discovered that there was smoke and sparks emitting from a Galaxy Note 2 which was kept inside a bag in the bin.
The regulator said that it had been a suspected fire but IndiGo said that there was no fire. The cabin crew used a fire extinguisher out of caution and then put the phone in a container filled with water. Samsung has acknowledged that it’s looking into the matter, saying that “we are in touch with relevant authorities to gather more information.” The regulator has now said that it’s going to send an advisory to all airlines with a warning to keep all Samsung Note smartphones switched off in flights or avoid carrying the phones on commercial flights completely.
This appears to be the first such report about the Galaxy Note 2 as it’s not believed to have widespread battery defects like the Galaxy Note 7. Samsung released the Galaxy Note 2 back in 2013 and it no longer sells this handset officially.