FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Southwest Airlines flight from Cuba to Florida was forced to turn back on Sunday. The airline said the engine caught fire and struck a bird that caused the cabin to fill with smoke. No injuries have been reported.
Southwest Airlines Flight 2923 left Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport on Sunday afternoon en route to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The aircraft “experienced a bird strike to the engine and nose of the aircraft,” the airline said in a statement.
Passengers told WSVN that the impact released smoke into the plane and emergency oxygen masks were deployed.
“It smelled like a burn, and my face hurt.
The pilot returned safely to Havana, and 147 passengers and six crew members evacuated the aircraft on a slide, the airline said.
The airline bused the passengers and crew to the airport terminal and put the passengers on another flight to Fort Lauderdale, the airline said.
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