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Southwest Airlines flight to Fort Lauderdale fills with smoke, returns to Cuba for emergency landing
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A Southwest Airlines flight headed to Florida filled with smoke and reportedly had to turn back to Cuba make an emergency landing.
"Southwest flight #3923 departing Havana, Cuba, for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Sunday morning experienced bird strikes to one of the engines and the aircraft’s nose shortly after takeoff," a Southwest Airlines spokesperson said in a statement to FOX Business. "The Pilots safely returned to Havana where the 147 Customers and six Crew evacuated the aircraft via slides due to smoke in the cabin."
"The Customers and Crew were bussed to the terminal and are being accommodated on alternative flights to Fort Lauderdale," the airline said. "We commend the swift, professional actions of our Pilots and Flight Attendants in responding to this event. We apologized to our Customers for the negative experience, extending compensation for the inconvenience and offering additional support."
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Videos from passengers showed smoke fill the cabin as oxygen masks deployed from overhead. Travelers were also heard yelling in panic, as one man tried to identify all the children on board.