Vivo Y20 Explode While Loading In Cargo Plane At Hong Kong

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A batch of Vivo Y20 explode at the airport In Hong Kong – Vivo mobile pallet allegedly catches fire while loading in cargo plane in Hong Kong. Images of shipments on fire at Hong Kong Airport have circulated on the internet. The alleged freight included a batch of China-manufactured Vivo smartphones and accessories due to be shipped to Bangkok – reportedly the Y20 model.

According to the investigative results, the authorities are yet to give a firm answer on the reason for the fire. But the most likely (and plausible) theory is that one or more smartphones had a battery malfunction in the style of Samsung Galaxy Note 7. And from there then, the  fire spread to the whole batch of phones.

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The phones were loaded across three pallets, all of which allegedly caught fire,  and it reportedly took the emergency services some 40 minutes to put out the blaze. Sources told local media that, while the airport’s operations were not affected, a 24 by 12 metre space on the tarmac was damaged.

The airline told customers it would no longer accept cargo from Cargo Link Logistics HK and Sky Pacific Logistics HK, with immediate effect and until further notice.

VIVO Y20 EXPLODE WHILE LOADING IN CARGO PLANE AT HONG KONG

The burning of live smartphones was immortalized by those present in a video from Hong Kong airport, around 5 am. In the clips we can see the fire already underway, fortunately occurred before their loading on board the plane. The situation would have proved much more problematic if the fire had started once in flight. Fortunately, there was no harm to people.

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Vivo phones are made in Guangdong, but the company has recently made inroads into the Indian market and is also producing phones there. Vivo appointed Indian cricketer Virat Kohli as its brand ambassador, and has been the main sponsor for the Indian Premier league.

There has been at least one previous claim of a Vivo phone exploding, but the biggest scandal involving the company came last year when Indian police found more than 13,500 Vivo phones using the same IMEI number – a 15-digit code that should be unique to each phone.

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The extent of the damage has not yet been determined, but there are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of vivo smartphones (all Y20, apparently) destroyed. Not to mention that the fire-fighting operations may have damaged even those smartphones initially not subject to flames.

In addition to the material damage, the live problems do not end there. Until the cause of the fire is safely certified, Hong Kong Air Cargo authorities they will prevent live export of any smartphone. This could slow down shipments to other parts of the world, although it is not known whether Italy will be affected.

There has been at least one previous claim of a Vivo phone exploding, but the biggest scandal involving the company came last year when Indian police found more than 13,500 Vivo phones using the same IMEI number – a 15-digit code that should be unique to each phone.

No other airlines appear to have yet banned carriage of the phone type. Samsung had to recall some S7 phones in 2017, following reports of fires. But this latest incident will no doubt trigger new scrutiny of the shipment of lithium ion batteries and mobiles.

For the moment it seems to be an isolated case referring to only one lot, also because vivo Y20 has been on the market since August 2020. If there was a new battery-gate, it would have been well known before now.