Samsung S6 phone emits smoke on China Airlines flight

The blue topaz Samsung Galaxy S6 (left) and gold platinum Samsung Galaxy S6 edge.
The blue topaz Samsung Galaxy S6 (left) and gold platinum Samsung Galaxy S6 edge. PHOTO: ST FILE

TAIPEI - A Samsung Galaxy S6 mobile phone emitted smoke on a China Airlines (CAL) flight from Palau to Taiwan on Wednesday (Dec 7), but did not cause any injuries or flight delay, the carrier said on Thursday.

The smoking phone triggered an emergency on flight CI027 at 7pm Taipei time as it flew over Manila, the airline was quoted by Central News Agency as saying.

The flight crew put it into an ice bucket, and the flight landed at 9.52pm on time at the Taoyuan International Airport, according to the airline.

Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) praised CAL for making the right call in handling the incident, and said it was conducting its on investigation on the phone, reported Central News Agency.

Samsung has been hit by a global recall of its Galaxy Note 7, following reports of the phone catching fire. Airlines across the world have banned passengers from taking the Note 7 on board.