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US jet makes emergency landing in Cuba after bird hit



US jet makes emergency landing in Cuba after bird hit

Southwest Airlines said there were 147 passengers and six crew members on board the Boeing 737.

Havana, Cuba:

An American jetliner that took off from Cuba suffered engine trouble after hitting birds and returned to Havana for an emergency landing on Sunday, Cuban officials said.

The airline and Cuba’s civil aviation authority Cacsa said on its Facebook page that smoke filled the cabin of the plane, but no one was injured in the incident on Southwest Airlines Flight 3923 bound for Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Southwest Airlines said in a statement to AFP that the Boeing 737 was carrying 147 passengers and six crew members.

It said the birds hit one of the plane’s engines and its nose shortly after take-off.

“The pilots returned safely to Havana, where customers exited the aircraft via a slide due to smoke in the cabin,” the statement said.

Passengers will be transferred to another flight to Fort Lauderdale.

Casa said an investigation has been launched.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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