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UPDATE | Aircraft evacuated at Louisville International Airport due to overheated Samsung phone

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- An aircraft was evacuated at Louisville International Airport Wednesday morning due to a overheated Samsung device.

According to Capt. Kevin Fletcher of Louisville Metro Arson, it happened at around 9:14 a.m. Wednesday. Fletcher said the aircraft was a Southwest Airlines flight that was was stationed at Gate B-17, preparing to depart for Baltimore.

Fletcher said a passenger's Samsung device overheated and began smoking. At that point, 75 people -- including both crew and passengers -- were evacuated safely from the 737, according to Natalie Chaudoin, a spokeswoman for the Regional Airport Authority. 

There were no injuries. Fletcher said the only damage to the aircraft was an area of the carpet that was singed by the overheating device.

The passengers were "very calm" during the evacuation, according to Fletcher, and there was "no panic."

Fletcher could not specify the exact model of the device, beyond the fact that it had been manufactured by Samsung.

Chaudoin could not specify the flight number, but the Southwest Airlines web site indicates that SW-994, a flight that was scheduled to depart Louisville for Baltimore this morning, has been canceled.

Stay with WDRB News. We'll update this story as it develops.

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