It has been an airline carrier in Hong Kong, following a Vivo Y20 battery explosion that destroyed an entire shipment.
So the trip to Europe of its new 2021 handsets will not be through the Hong Kong airline that has banned VIVO phones among its cargo, after a big fire that Android Authority anticipated us a few hours ago following sources and Twitter posts.
According to reports, several VIVO pallets turned into a fireball after the battery of one of the VIVO Y20s exploded, an incident that is already being investigated by the Dongguan-based manufacturer and which seems to have scared Hong Kong Air Cargo to death.
Not surprisingly, the airline company has already announced an immediate ban on VIVO devices in its air transport operations, at least until the cause of the fire is cleared up and safety conditions are fully assured again.
Obviously, for now, we don’t have too many details on what happened and whether the case was completely isolated, but VIVO has already reported that they are investigating the incident in question together with the relevant authorities:
“We have learned that a shipment of goods, with some of VIVO’s products inside, was burned on the parking apron of Hong Kong International Airport last April 11. We have paid close attention and immediately set up a special team to work closely with the local authorities to determine the causes.”
This is what the pallet was supposedly carrying, VIVO smartphones. Most probably a lithium battery issue similar to that Samsung Note problem from sometime ago.
Lithium batteries are a "Dangerous good" capable of igniting spontaneously under heat or physical damage. pic.twitter.com/ktxtwjde3w
— Andre Quiros (@flyingheavy747) April 11, 2021
As you will see in the video posted on social networks, it seems that the fire starts in one of the pallets prepared for shipment, spreading quickly to the rest of the merchandise. Subsequently, images of completely burned VIVO devices in their retail packages are also shown.
All the phones were destroyed in a matter of minutes before being shipped to Thailand, where they were to be distributed, and despite the ban on continuing to operate with this carrier from Hong Kong, VIVO’s managers are assured of supply as the company also has production lines in India, as well as other markets, with different logistics chains.