Posted: Monday, March 6, 2023. 4:00 pm CST.
By Breaking Belize News Staff: On Sunday morning, a Southwest Airlines flight bound for Fort Lauderdale, Florida was forced to return to Havana, Cuba after reportedly experiencing bird strikes. In a statement, Southwest confirmed that the plane suffered bird strikes to an engine and the nose shortly after takeoff.
The pilots quickly responded to the situation and safely returned to Havana, where the passengers and crew evacuated the aircraft via slides due to the observation of smoke in the cabin. Passengers and crew then took a bus to the terminal, and arrangements were made for the flight to Fort Lauderdale.
Cuba’s state-run media, Radio Rebelde, reported that the aircraft detected failures in one of its engines during the takeoff process. Once the plane was authorized to land back in Havana, the passengers were evacuated and were in good condition.
Southwest apologized to its customers for the inconvenience and reached out to address their needs and offer support. The airline commended the swift and professional actions of its pilots and flight attendants in responding to the event.
Investigations into the incident are ongoing, and airport officials are working to determine the cause of the engine failure. The safety of passengers and crew is the top priority for Southwest Airlines, and the airline is taking all necessary measures to ensure a safe and comfortable travel experience.
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