A Southwest Airlines jet was evacuated on Wednesday after a replacement Galaxy Note 7 smartphone caught fire.
A report at The Verge said that passengers on Southwest Airlines flight 994 were evacuated after a Galaxy Note 7 caught fire moments before take off.
The handset, owned by Brian Green of New Albany, Indiana, reportedly filled the cabin with smoke at around 9.15am.
Green said that he had switched off the smartphone as requested and put it in his pocket when it began to emit smoke.
He dropped it on the floor and a "thick grey-green angry smoke" started pouring out of the device, which eventually burned through the carpet and scorched the sub-floor of the plane. Thankfully, nobody was injured in the incident.
The Galaxy Note 7 in question had been deemed safe by Samsung and had the black square symbol on the box indicating a replacement and a green battery icon.
To confirm this, The Verge ran the handset's IMEI number through Samsung's recall eligibility checker, and was shown the message 'Great News!' meaning that the handset is not affected by the recall.
This is seriously bad news for Samsung, which will be in full-on crisis mode as all signs point to the firm having to announce another recall, and potentially canning the Note 7 altogether.
However, the firm remains skeptical as to whether the Note 7 in question was a replacement device. Er.
A Samsung spokesperson said in a statement: "Until we are able to retrieve the device, we cannot confirm that this incident involves the new Note 7.
"We are working with the authorities and Southwest to recover the device and confirm the cause. Once we have examined the device we will have more information to share."
Samsung hasn't elaborated on the probable cause of the incident, which is not surprising given that the company has yet to confirm what caused the battery problems when the initial recall was announced in September.
Some have suggested that it could be a circuit board fault rather than the battery, while others have claimed that the battery inside the Note 7 is too big for the handset's case.
Green’s Note 7 is in the hands of the Louisville Fire Department’s arson unit for examination, and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has opened an investigation into the incident.
As if Samsung wasn't hurting enough, Green said he has already replaced the Note 7 with an iPhone 7.
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