Chennai: A Samsung Note 2 handset is suspected to have caught fire in an aircraft landing at the Chennai airport on Friday morning, senior Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) officials said.
“While landing at the Chennai airport at 7.45 a.m., the cabin crew detected smoke in a Samsung Note 2 handset kept in the overhead bin,” said a DGCA spokesperson. He, however, refused to name the airline.
The spokesperson said that an advisory will be issued to all the airlines telling passengers to either avoid or carry all Samsung Note smartphones in switched off mode.
The DGCA has summoned Samsung officials on Monday. “Samsung wanted to take away the handsets but we didn’t permit. We have asked them to meet us on Monday,” the official said.
Samsung could not be reached for its reaction.
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