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Not again! Another Samsung phone explodes - This time on a plane!

Not again! Another Samsung phone explodes - This time on a plane!
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Just as Samsung's nightmare seemed to be coming to an end, boom, another one of its phones explodes! The tech giant's horrific ordeal began earlier this year when it had to recall over 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 phones. These phones had a flaw that caused the battery to overheat and catch fire.

Samsung set up a replacement program for the problem phones and it turned out that the replacements had the same issue. This led to the Note 7 being killed off and all production was stopped. Now, there's been another incident with a different type of Samsung phone.

Overheating phones haven't been limited to just Samsung. We've recently told you about some iPhones that have exploded also. One thing these phones all have in common, which could be the root of the problem, is they use a lithium ion battery.


Galaxy S6 explodes on a plane

The latest incident happened earlier this month aboard a China Airlines flight. A passenger's Samsung Galaxy S6 exploded in midair.

The man was holding the phone when it exploded and ended up causing some minor injuries. He dropped the phone to the floor and flight attendants were able to safely put out the fire. However, the plane's cabin filled with smoke, forcing an emergency landing. No one else was injured during the incident.

Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council released this statement on the event:

"After receiving the notification, Aviation Safety Council sent the investigators for flight crew and cabin crew interviews, and removed the Cockpit Voice Recorder, and Flight Data Recorder. The event is identified as an aviation occurrence according to Aviation Occurrence Investigation Act, and with reference to ICAO Annex 13. The Investigator-In-Charge and investigation team has been assigned to this investigation. The factual data related to the occurrence will be released after the factual data report is completed."

Samsung has not commented on this incident as of yet but it's looking into it. There haven't been other reports of overheating battery problems with the Galaxy S6, so this could have been caused by a damaged phone or other outstanding circumstances. We won't know for sure until the investigation is completed.

Keep checking in with our Happening Now section and we'll let you know any updates on what caused this incident.

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