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Charter flight from Miami to Cuba turns around due to possible mechanical issue

Flight was bound for Santa Clara, Cuba

A charter flight to Cuba had to turn around and return to South Florida Saturday morning.
A charter flight to Cuba had to turn around and return to South Florida Saturday morning.

MIAMI – A charter flight to Cuba had to turn around and return to South Florida Saturday morning.

A mechanical issue caused the plane carrying 135 people on board, including passengers and crew, to return to Miami International Airport.

Airport officials confirmed to Local 10 News that the flight was Swift Air #730.

The flight departed for Santa Clara, Cuba at 7:30 a.m. but had to return due to a possible mechanical issue.

The plane landed safely but could not return to the gate on its own, officials said.

Passengers were bused back to the terminal and Swift planned to put them on another flight.


About the Authors:

Madeleine Wright is a general assignment reporter for Local 10 News. She joined the team in March 2017.

David Dwork joined the WPLG Local 10 News team in August 2019. Born and raised in Miami-Dade County, David has covered South Florida sports since 2007.