Air scare: Cell phone catches fire on Delhi-Indore Jet Airways flight

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Mid-air scare: Cell phone catches fire on Delhi-Indore Jet Airways flight

A Samsung smartphone caught fire mid-air on a Delhi-Indore flight last Friday, sending dozens of people in panic as the alert crew rushed to put the situation under control, according to a report.

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The Samsung J7 is among the South Korean giant's popular mid-range smartphones it sells in India.

The user, identified as Arpita Dhal, noticed smoke coming out from her handbag where the device was kept as reported by Hindustan Times.

"It was observed on board Jet Airways' flight 9W 791 Delhi-Indore that smoke was emitting from a guest hand bag". None of the 120 passengers on board were harmed and the crew managed to put out the fire by submerging the device in water.

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While so far this is a one-off incident and the exact reason behind the fire is still not know. The smartphone is under investigation right now.

In response, Jet Airways issued a statement saying the crew handled the situation as per guidelines.

An official spokesperson from Jet Airways, commenting on the situation said in the report: "Jet Airways crew immediately took charge of the situation, as also all necessary steps as a precautionary measure (were taken), and as per the prescribed guidelines".

Arpita said that she would be lodging a complaint against Jet Airways as soon as she returns, for a major safety lapse of onboard fire extinguishers not working. This is a question of safety of passengers in flights. After this incident, the fire extinguishers of the Jet Airways doesn't work and that's why they have to put the phone in the water. On this incident, a Samsung India spokesman said "We are in touch with relevant authorities for more information".

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