New Delhi A Samsung Note 2 caught fire on board an IndiGo flight , which was about to land in Chennai.
The phone was kept in the overhead bin. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has already ordered a probe, and has summoned Samsung officials on Monday.
Officials said it wasn’t clear if the phone had been switched off by the passenger.
Cabin crew rushed with extinguishers after smoke started emanating from the overhead bin and doused it. The phone is in the airline’s custody.
The DGCA recently issued an advisory asking passengers carrying Samsung Note 7 to switch it off on board.
“IndiGo confirms that a few passengers travelling on 6E-054 flight from Singapore to Chennai noticed the smoke smell in the cabin this morning (September 23, 2016) and immediately alerted the cabin crew on board. The crew quickly identified minor smoke coming from the hat-rack of seat 23 C and simultaneously informed the Pilot-in-Command who further alerted the ATC of the situation on board,” the airline said. “The cabin crew on priority relocated all passengers on other seats, and further observed smoke being emitted from a Samsung note 2, which was placed in the baggage (of a passenger) in the overhead bin. The crew discharged the fire extinguisher, and quickly transferred the Samsung note 2 into a container filled with water in lavatory. The aircraft made a normal landing at Chennai airport, and all passengers were deplaned as per normal procedure.”
Samsung’s comments were awaited at the time of filing this report.till the time of going to press