Following a Note 2 smartphone catching fire in an IndiGo flight, Samsung officials met DGCA and told the aviation regulator that the company needs more time to examine the device. Reports suggest that DGCA will also further examine the Note 2 to reach a conclusion, on whether the phone fire was because of a fault in the device/handset or the battery used. Last week, a Samsung Note 2 smartphone was found emitting smoke inside an IndiGo Singapore-Chennai flight. The crew used a fire extinguisher to control the fire and transferred the phone in a container filled with water in the lavatory of the flight.
The airline also informed the DGCA about the incident. The DGCA, meanwhile, has advised flyers not to carry Samsung Note handsets in flights. The incident prompted aviation regulator DGCA to summon Samsung officials and ban the onboard use of this series of devices of the South Korean major. DGCA has asked airlines to advise passengers to switch off their Samsung Galaxy Note phones while on board.
The move also comes two weeks after the watchdog banned the use of Samsung Galaxy Note7 onboard an aircraft following a series of incidents of the smartphone’s battery exploding in various countries. No Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that has been manufactured up to September 15, 2016 will not be sold in India. This model is yet to be launched in the Indian market. Reports of Samsung Galaxy Note 7’s batteries exploding may dent the South Korean major’s image among smartphone users and the latest incident with the Note 2, would only add to apprehensions.
(With inputs from Agencies)