After a bird hit the plane on a Southwest Airlines flight from Cuba to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the plane had to make an emergency landing. This caused chaos and panic among the people on board.
Birds reportedly hit the engines and nose of flight 3923 soon after it left Havana, which caused smoke to fill the cabin.
The Boeing 737 had 147 passengers and six crew members. The pilot was able to land the plane safely in Havana. Southwest Airlines told The Guardian that no one had been hurt.
Some passengers desperately try to punch the ceilings above their seats to get their oxygen masks out of the way as the smoke fills the cabin and scares the worried passengers.
The passengers don’t know what’s going on, but they can hear screams, panicked mutterings from adults, and the cries of a child. One passenger says they heard a “boom” before the smoke started filling the cabin.
After the plane safely landed at Marti Airport, people were seen using the jet’s emergency slide to get off the plane while emergency workers stood nearby.
In another video, the crowd of passengers was seen walking down the tarmac in a confused way, with many of them coughing hard and still yelling because of the chaos.
When asked what caused the terrible thing to happen, one passenger said, “I heard a big boom. “Like a bomb going off.”
Steven Rodriguez told NBC 6: “To be honest, I thought it was my time to go.” “I was scared to death.”
Several people on the flight to Fort Lauderdale said that their air masks didn’t work when smoke filled the cabin.
Rodriguez said, “People started taking matters into their own hands and punching the roof with force to get the masks out.” “And people’s knuckles were all bloody from punching the roof. There were small children and old women on the plane.”
Due to an engine problem, a Southwest Airlines 737 MAX has to make an emergency return landing at Havana-José Mart Airport in Cuba. The plane’s passengers and crew all got out on the taxiway. There were no injuries. — Breaking
Jorge Montesino, another passenger, said he saw the plane’s engine catch fire. This made him text his wife and kids right away to tell them he loves them.
In one of the cell phone videos, you can hear people clapping and cheering when the plane landed safely, even though they were still confused.
Montesino told the outlet, “The female captain was amazing.” “With only the left engine, she was able to land safely and turn the plane around.”
“We are proud of how quickly and professionally our pilots and flight attendants reacted to this event. Southwest said in a statement about the situation, “We’re sorry for the trouble this has caused our customers. We’ve reached out to find out what they need and to help them.”
Cuba’s state-run media, Radio Rebelde, said that the plane “had problems with one of its engines during takeoff,” citing the Cuban Aviation Corporation SA (CACSA).
CNN said that the CACSA said they were looking into it and that the airport would keep running as usual.
When asked about the reported engine failure, Southwest Airlines said the company would “look at the plane to see how bad the damage is, but we don’t have any more information to share right now.”