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Plane forced to turn back to Cuba after collision with birds caused engine fire

After hitting birds on its flight from Cuba to Florida, a plane headed for Cuba was forced to return to the airport. The engine caught fire and the smoke filled the cabin.

Southwest Airlines Flight 2923 was headed to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It had to return to Havana to land after it hit birds.

The airline stated that the aircraft experienced bird strikes as it gained altitude.

Steven Rodriguez, a passenger, said that emergency oxygen masks had been deployed. He added: “It was like an intense burn smell and it was hurting me.” My eyes turned red and my chest began to burn.


Video by Mr Rodriguez shows a smoke-filled cabin with passengers shouting and oxygen masks hanging.

The voice speaks Spanish over the tannoy and appears to calm down people.

The plane safely landed in Cuba. There were no injuries. Some passengers used the emergency exit on the wings to leave the aircraft, while others used inflatable slides.

According to the airline, the airline took passengers and crew members to the airport terminal to transfer them to another flight to Fort Lauderdale.


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