Samsung Galaxy S6 explodes mid-flight on a China Airlines' jet

Samsung Galaxy S6 explodes mid-flight on a China Airlines' jet
Just when you thought that there were no more exploding handsets to discuss comes the news that a Samsung Galaxy S6 started smoking after exploding aboard China Airlines flight CI027, heading to Taipei. The owner of the phone received small burns to his hands. Kudos to the flight crew who acted quickly to put out the blaze using portable fire extinguishers, and the smoldering handset was stored in an ice bucket.

Pictures taken during the incident by some passengers on the flight, show a gloved flight attendant standing over the smoking phone. Other passengers appear to be turning their necks in order to see what is going on. What makes this a particular scary situation is that the plane's cabin is pressurized, which means that a fire could spread quickly.

Recently, a story came out that blamed the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 explosions on Samsung's attempt to make the battery used on the device as thin as possible. A thin battery means a thin phone, which is what Samsung was aiming for. It also leaves room "under the hood" for Samsung to add a number of features that normally take up space inside the phone.

source: PhoneRadar

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Galaxy S6
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2550 mAh(23h 3G talk time)



1. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

He was holding it wrong.

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12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"He was holding it wrong." No, Samsung isn't Apple to make such silly excuses. If this incident is indeed legit and without foul play, then it's nothing more than an isolated case... considering that the Galaxy S6 has been out for over a year now, without such issue.

58. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Yes Samsung is just Samsung and make your phone automatically self explode and put your life in danger.

18. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

In my several decades, I must have used hundreds of electrical devices (including about a dozen various makes / models of cell phones in the past 14 years). Not once ever did I have one catch fire / explode. Before the Galaxy Note 7 issue (which was legit) arose, there were seemingly few and far in-between cases of phones catching fire or exploding. Something is quite suspicious with these numerous sudden instances. My guess would be someone looking for a lawsuit or at least 15 seconds of fame.

28. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yup, it is puzzling, which still makes me wonder about external cause, could be something very specific? power bank? charger? usb devices?

50. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No it is suspicious. Its the fact that phones now have more parts inside, those parts are less resistant to heat because they are so small. Batteries have more voltage, get hotter, and with waterproofing, heat has no way to escape a phone made of flammible materials like Aluminum which si very then and doesn't adsorb heat, but spreads it, to what are less fire resistant parts. Here are the list of fire factors: Thinner design Waterproofing, closes any wholes for heated air to escape More parts that are less heat/fire resistant Thinner designs which create more heat buildup Larger batteries, with more voltage, leads to more heat. CPU's that are getting hot, in a smaller space with no active cooling Same for GPU's I mean, the Note 7 is using a heat pipe. A heat pipe is useless without a way to keep cool. As a CPU gets hotter under load, heat pipes only draw heat from the source to other parts of the phone. Bit if the heat is going from one heat source t close proximity to another without being cooled...BOOM! In the Note 7, the heat pipe runs from the CPU, to near the location of the battery. The battery already gets hot. To me that's a bad design idea. if CPU's and GPU's in phones are that hot that they require a heat pipe, then that means it need active cooling. Aluminum shells only spread the heat. Glass will also only spreads the heat. spreading the ehat wont matter when your phone is getting hot, inside your hot ass hands from holding it, or laying the phone down on fabric which also gets hot too. No one is considering these factors, not even PA. But when I try to be a voice of reason and common sense, no one wants to hear that because common sense and logic is stupid to a person who is an idiot to begin with.

19. mike2959

Posts: 699; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Getting closer to NO phones powered on during flights. The airline industry will bring back books and magaizines. Just like Amazon saved the US post office from extinction.

20. TheOldOne

Posts: 196; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

this is not how an explosion looks like :D

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31752; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bring on the Note 8, and 8 Edge.

35. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Non-apple incident > instantly reported the day it happens. Awesome. apple incident from late November ( ) > still not reported. Stupid apple presstitutes.

40. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yeah PA why haven't you posted a article on This.

39. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Thank god no one was seriously hurt or killed.

42. wando77

Posts: 1169; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

SERIOUSLY.... the phone didn't caught fire

44. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree, it do not matter if its a Samsung or a apple phone, they catch fire.

46. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Does not

47. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

If it exploded he would probably be missing some fingers, or a hand.

48. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Samsung has sold how many S6 models? About 40M with them still selling after a year? And this is maybe the first incident of an S6 catching fire? lol. I think with all these OEM's gunning for the world's thinnest phone, is going to drive stories like these very high. It's startign to be scary that in the past, when phones were made of plastic and ploy-carbonate or other composite materials, you arrely heard of phone fires. Now that they use metal, where metal backs or frames, spread heat to other parts of the phone, parts that can't handle extreme heat like cameras and such, which are normally at the top of the phone away from the batteries, the heat is now spearding to them becaus eof metal designs and casuign them to heat up too and creating excessive heat in a thinh frame design and casuing the batteries to explode. Then considering that OEM's are waterproofing more phones, which means rubber and glue is being used to seal areas where heat could escape, is now being forced to stay inside and getting ever hotter. I have never been for metal and glass designs of phones. I shot them down from the very beginning when Samsung brought the S6. It looks cool, it feels cool, but it is a terrible concept for lots of reason. Metal gets as hot as the source of the heat. If you don't have the device on a cool surface while under heavy load, its going to get hotter. Considering some of the most dangerous places people use phones, in bed, around kids, public transportation and even at work. With Apple considering using the S6 design on the next iPhone, after seeing what happened with the Note 7, where all these OEM's are workign to make the battery thinner to fit inside these small frames, incidents like this are goign to increase. The fact PA and other trolls try to just make it seems liek this is a single manufacturers issue vs being a possible industry wide threat is shameful to tsay the least. I took a glance at 16 of the stories PA wrote on the iPhone explodign incidents, and they sound nowhere near as dramatic as they've made the Samsung incidents sound. Even from the exact same writer. Shows you all just got it in for Samsung when your own writings prove that. Search PA for iPhone fire on plane lands 1 result, yet there were more than 6 incidents of a iPhone catching fire on a plane and in 3 cases the plane was forced to land. One caught fire in the luggage compartment under the plane, which isn't far from the fuel tanks. That could have been catastrophic compared to this incident.

57. Ren_Gonzalez

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 29, 2016

What is up with Apple and Samsung having a "exploding battery" disease on all Li-Ion batteries? How does a S6 (released in 2015) explode like it's the Note 7 all over again? I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY You know what? I should tell the Department of Transportation to ban ALL Samsungs to be in ALL airlines. But I digress.

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