Samsung could be up for another setback as one of its Flagship models, the Samsung Galaxy A21 caught fire on an Alaskan Airlines plane to Seattle. Though the flight crew was quick to use a fire extinguisher and a battery containment bag, the smoke grew out of control and forced an evacuation. The passengers and crew were transported to the terminal by a bus as they rushed out the emergency inflatable slides. The Airport reports no major injuries except for a few minor bruises.
According to initial reports, the smartphone was deformed beyond recognition. But a flight respondant later confirmed after the owner’s concent that the phone was indeed the Samsung Galaxy A21. The cause of fire is yet unknown but investigations into the case have been opened.
Earlier this evening, POSFD responded to a report of a fire in the cargo hold of Alaska Airlines Flight 751. Upon arrival, the fire was contained and passengers and crew were evacuated from the aircraft. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/rY2cFgrmUH— Seattle-Tacoma Intl. Airport (@flySEA) August 24, 2021
After all, this is not the first time we’re hearing smartphones blowing up and causing fire from Samsung. The failed attempt to launch the Galaxy Note 7 series previously went into a declining crash due to the same reason, smartphones catching fire. The company eventually had to call back all of its smartphones and disband the line altogether. Could we be in for another similar news from the Korean tech giant?
Perry Cooper, A Seattle Times reporter expressed in an email, “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 colunteered the phone was Samsung Galaxy A21. Again, we could not confirm it by looking at the remains of the device.”
This could possibly be bad news for the new Samsung Z3 Fold and Samsung Z Flip 3 coming out later this year. Samsung’s innovation to introduce the latest tech has never been in question. But they do come up with failed attempts from time to time that gets people thinking. Hopefully, this is not one of those setbacks and is a one odd case. But we’re yet to find out!