Samsung Galaxy 2 Spews Smoke and Sparks on Flight to Singapore [Updated]

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Image: Getty

After the botched recall of the very explodey Galaxy Note 7, Samsung just cannot catch a break. On Friday, during an IndiGo flight from Chennai to Singapore, a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 in the overhead compartment started spewing smoke and sparks.


A statement from IndiGo reads:

The crew quickly identified minor smoke coming from the hat-rack of seat 23 C. Taking the precautionary measure, 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. There was no fire observed but sparks were observed.

A Samsung spokesperson told the Times of India that the company is aware of the incident and that the company was “looking into the matter.”

The Galaxy Note 2, released in 2012, has no history of similar problems. It appears that the incident on the IndiGo flight was isolated.

Samsung has come under fire over the past month because the company reportedly rushed out the release of the Galaxy Note 7 to compete with Apple’s iPhone 7. The Note 7's battery, prone to explosion, injured the hands of a six-year-old boy and likely set a Jeep ablaze. The company is currently getting sued by a man who claims his Note 7 exploded in his pocket, causing severe burns.

A spokesperson for India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation told Reuters that the DGCA plans to issue an advisory warning telling passengers to turn off all Samsung phones on their flights or avoid bringing the company’s phones on planes in general. US airlines have issued similar warnings about the Galaxy Note 7.


Gizmodo has reached out to Samsung and will update the post if we hear back.

Update, 9/23/2016, 3:15PM EDT: Samsung sent Gizmodo the following statement:

We have been informed about an incident in India involving a Note 2, which uses a replaceable battery and was released in 2012. We are in touch with local authorities to gather more information and investigate whether there were any external factors involved.



Eve Peyser was the night editor at Gizmodo.



Most Smartphones are built to last about 24 months so an old Note 2 having battery issues shouldn’t be surprising.

Is the phone still using the original easily replaced battery?

If it is, I’m very impressed. After so many thousands abusive charge cycles, my battery life on my Note 2 could be measured in minutes. The one in this phone must be a true oddity.

I suspect a cheaply made after market battery may be the fault here.