The pilot was “verbally shaken to the point where his voice cracked and he sounded like he was going to burst into tears,” according to a passenger.
At Frank País Airport in Holguín on November 27,
According to passenger descriptions of the ordeal, the plane jerked around as it gained speed down the runway, lifting slightly off the ground.
People could hear loud bangs when the engine exploded and the passengers tried to stay away from smoke. Most passengers said they were “lucky to be alive.”