Passengers Write 'Goodbye' Messages As Plane's Engine Burns
The Swoop flight was then forced to land back at Abbotsford International Airport, while passengers aboard the aircraft began to write their final messages to loved ones, believing they wouldn't make it back safely.
Officials at the airport reported that a flock of geese had been sucked into the engine, causing it to set alight.
They tweeted: "Passengers have been offloaded into the terminal safely. Updates will be available in the coming hours."
Speaking to CTV, Edmonton resident Fadhl Abu-Ghanem said: "Basically as the aircraft was rolling down the runway, it felt like we hit a bump.
"Next thing I know I start seeing flames coming out of the right engine... I also felt very strong heat... I looked around for a flight attendant and couldn't find one so I just started yelling, 'There's fire, fire, fire right engine, fire right engine!'
"It was very overwhelming, you don't expect it. I started texting my mom saying, 'Something's wrong with the airplane. I love you.'"
Another passenger, Donna-Lee Rayner, posted about the nightmare flight on Facebook.
She wrote: "Board the plane all is well. Take off happens and all of the sudden this loud thud thud thud thud happens ... smoke in the cabin and the smell of burning. I'm surprisingly calm but yet curious. Start my goodbye messages in case my phone is recovered after we crash.
"The intercom comes on... 'One of the engines sucked up some geese and the smell was them, well getting cooked, we are currently running on two engines and we are turning around back to Abbotsford.'
"Safely back in Abbotsford and waiting for further instruction."
Someone who appears to be a resident of the town the plane was flying over replied to the post, writing: "You flew over my house and there were huge flames shooting out from the plane every time that there was an explosion and there were several explosions. I assume now that it was the plane backfiring.
"I'm glad everyone is safe, it was horrible to watch and I just wanted the jet to make it back to the airport. I am relieved it did. Good for you for staying calm."
Canadian airline Swoop put a statement out on Twitter. It read: "Update: We can confirm Flight 312 landed safely in Abbotsford due to a bird strike shortly after departure.
"All travellers were offloaded safely and without incident. Thank you to our captain and crew for ensuring the safety of our travellers."
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