According to Wave 3 News, a Southwest Airlines flight was evacuated after a passenger’s Samsung Galaxy phone overheated and started to smoke.
Arson investigators confirmed that the fire was caused by an overheated Samsung Galaxy. This is the same recalled device that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned about last month after 35 reports of the phone’s battery overheating and bursting into flames.
In addition, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a statement last month urging Samsung Galaxy Note 7 users to keep their device off on airplanes due to the fire hazard. Samsung announced the recall that affected approximately 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones worldwide due to the risk of explosions and fires.
The incident occurred at the Louisville International Airport at around 9:20 a.m. local time. The Boeing 737 was set to depart for Baltimore at 9:30 a.m., but the presence of smoke in the cabin halted the flight.
Passengers say they saw smoke in the plane and were ordered by flight attendants to evacuate. According to one passenger, the fire burned through the carpet in the plane.
According to Wave 3 News, all 75 people on board were evacuated and no injuries occurred.