As per some recent reports, a Samsung Galaxy A21 unit catches fire inside an Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle. Soon after the Samsung smartphone burnt in flames, passengers were evacuated by crew members immediately. The incident surely takes us back to the Galaxy Note 7 explode fiasco that occurred years ago. Also Read - YouTube, Gmail, Maps and more Google apps to stop working on millions of phones from today: Check list
To recall, back in 2017, several incidents of the Galaxy Note 7 exploding were reported. In fact, there was a point when airlines didn’t allow passengers to carry a Galaxy Note 7 unit on board. Even Samsung later address the battery issues of the Galaxy Note 7 and issues a recall. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra leaked render hints at an S Pen slot, Galaxy S22+ leaked too
Samsung Galaxy A21 catches fire
The cause of the Samsung Galaxy A21 catching fire has not been revealed yet and neither has the company acknowledged the matter. The fire reportedly broke out after the Alaska Airlines flight landed at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Also Read - Phones launching in India this week: Vivo X70 series, Mi 11 Lite NE 5G, Samsung Galaxy M52 5G, and more
As per reports, the crew on Flight 751 used fire extinguishers and a battery containment bag to control the smartphone from smoking.
The Seattle Times quotes a spokesperson for the Port of Seattle, Perry Cooper, who confirmed the name of the phone to be Samsung Galaxy A21. Cooper stated in an email response, “After much digging, I can tell you that the phone was burned beyond recognition.”
“However, during an interview with one of our Port of Seattle Police officers, the passenger volunteered the phone was a Samsung Galaxy A21. Again, we could not confirm it by looking at the remains of the device,” Cooper further added.
Reports also suggest that more than 128 passengers and crew members were transported by bus to the terminal of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The airport took to its official Twitter handle to reveal some minor injuries and bruises due to the incident. The incident didn’t impact the airport operations, the officials stated.
Samsung is yet to acknowledge the matter and issue an official statement. We will update the story once we get an official statement from the South Korean smartphone manufacturer on the incident.