Samsung’s disastrous Note 7 smartphone episode took a new turn today when one of its new replacement handsets started to smolder during a flight in the US on Wednesday.
The South Korean company recalled 2.5m smartphones during September after several reports of the devices catching fire during or after charging, offering replacement units to customers. Last week claimed it had replaced 60% of handsets in South Korea and in the US.
Samsung Note 7 owner Brian Green – whose phone had already been exchanged for a new one – claims that his handset started smoldering during a Southwest airlines flight from Louisville, Kentucky, to Baltimore.
Green confirmed to The Verge that he had collected the phone from an AT&T store on 21 September. A photograph of the packaging reveals a black square symbol, indicating that it as a replacement model.