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FULL INTERVIEW: Note7 owner describes phone fire on Southwest flight

Published: Oct. 5, 2016 at 8:11 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 5, 2016 at 10:17 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The phone that caught fire on a Southwest Airlines flight at Louisville International Airport on Wednesday was a replacement for the Galaxy Note7 that was previously recalled by Samsung, according the phone's owner.

Brian Green, a Louisville native who lives in New Albany, told WAVE 3 News he had turned the phone off at the request of the flight crew before it caught fire.

"They asked everyone with a Note7 to power down their phones," Green said. "I was powering it down. I hit the button on the side, the menu came up. I shut down the phone, saw it was going through its power-down cycle."

Green said he put the phone in his pocket, and within a few seconds he heard a pop. When he took the phone out of his pocket, it was smoking. Green dropped the phone on the floor, where it singed the plane's carpet.

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Green told WAVE 3 News reporter Katie Bauer he couldn't believe what was happening.

"You hear about the phones having these issues and you wonder how likely is it to happen, and then it happens to you."

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Green said the smoke from the phone filled about five rows in the plane.

"It was electronic smoke," Green said. "It was that brown, green-gray, real ugly stuff."

Brian Green was flying to Baltimore for a business meeting that was scheduled for Thursday. He ended up catching a later flight on Wednesday.

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