In a major mid-air scare on board Singapore-Chennai IndiGo flight, the fire was detected in the overhead cabin today morning at 7.45am, leading to an emergency landing of the aircraft.
With the latest incident, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has asked airlines to advise passengers to switch off their Samsung Galaxy Note phones during flight.
“While landing at the Chennai airport at 7.45 a.m., the cabin crew detected smoke from the handset kept in the overhead bin,” said a DGCA official.
Fortunately, the flight crew noticed smoke emanating from an overhead baggage bin above seat number 23 and used a fire extinguisher to control it. Later, the smartphone was transferred into a container filled with water in the lavatory.
The aircraft made a normal landing and all passengers were deplaned as per normal procedure. The handset would be examined by the departments concerned, IndiGo said, adding that it voluntarily informed the DGCA.
All passengers were safe and no one suffered any injury. The handset has been submitted to aviation regulator DGCA who has summoned Samsung officials in Delhi.
The regulator has asked the airline to give it the phone for a probe. This matter will be discussed with Samsung officials on Monday.
Earlier Samsung’s flagship Note 7 was facing a severe issue, where the smartphones were either catching fire or exploding. Samsung had to recall around 2.5 million devices globally.
This is not the first time that a Samsung product has led to a security scare. Earlier DGCA issued a specific circular for Samsung Note 7 preventing passengers from carrying it in check-in baggage or carrying it in switched on the mode in hand baggage.
The move also comes two weeks after the watchdog banned the use of Samsung Galaxy Note7 on board an aircraft following a series of incidents of the Smartphone’s battery exploding in various countries.