A Southwest Airlines plane bound for Fort Lauderdale from Havana was forced to return to Cuba's Jose Marti Airport Sunday after an engine reportedly caught fire following a bird strike, according to passenger cell phone video and media reports.
NBC 6 News in Florida reported a Southwest Airlines spokesperson had confirmed the incident.
"Southwest flight #3923 departing Havana, Cuba, for Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Sunday morning reportedly experienced bird strikes to an engine and the aircraft's nose shortly after takeoff," the spokesperson told the television news channel.
Cell phone footage showed smoke filling the cabin as panicked parents appeared to explain to their children how to fit oxygen masks.
The plane received emergency lighting and footage captured customers exiting the aircraft via emergency slides. Firemen and trucks watched as the evacuation took place on Cuba's biggest airport.