HAVANA: A US jetliner taking off from Cuba skilled engine hassle after hitting birds and returned to Havana for an emergency touchdown on Sunday, Cuban authorities mentioned.
Smoke seeped into the cabin of the airplane however nobody was injured within the incident involving Southwest Airways flight 3923 to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the airline and the Cuban civil aviation authority Cacsa mentioned on its Fb web page.
The Boeing 737 was carrying 147 passengers and a crew of six, Southwest Airways mentioned in a press release to AFP.
It mentioned birds struck one of many airplane’s engines and its nostril shortly after takeoff.
“The pilots safely returned to Havana the place prospects evacuated the plane by way of slides attributable to smoke within the cabin,” the assertion mentioned.
The vacationers can be placed on one other flight to Fort Lauderdale, it added.
Cacsa mentioned a probe had been launched.