According to a news story, an aircraft from Cuba to Florida was forced to turn around on Sunday after hitting birds, which ignited one of the engines and filled the cabin with smoke.
According to WSVN-TV, Southwest Airlines aircraft 2923, en route to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, turned around and returned to Havana.
There were no reported injuries.
A passenger informed WSVN that the impact caused emergency oxygen masks to deploy and odors to fill the aircraft.
“It pained my face, and it smelled like a burn. My chest started to boil, and my eyes were red,” claimed Steven Rodriguez.
Following the plane’s successful plane landing in Cuba, some passengers used the emergency exits to board the wings, while others exited the aircraft using inflatable slides, according to WSVN.
According to the station, the airline took crew members and passengers to the airport terminal, where they would be on a new flight to Fort Lauderdale.
Southwest Airlines did not immediately answer a request for more information from The Associated Press through email.
Scary moments on board Southwest Airlines flight, bound for Fort Lauderdale, as cabin fills with smoke and passengers don oxygen masks after engine catches fire. Hero pilot makes perfect emergency landing. pic.twitter.com/MUb50XtxmW
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