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‘We’re about to go into the ocean’: Passengers on Florida-bound flight told to prepare for possible water landing

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Passengers on a Florida-bound flight were left frightened after being told to put on life vests for a possible “emergency water landing” due to a suspected mechanical issue Sunday.

The incident happened during Spirit Airlines flight 270 from Montego Bay to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

A Spirit spokesperson told NBC affiliate WTVJ that the plane “suffered a suspected mechanical issue” and returned to Montego Bay, Jamaica “out of an abundance of caution.” However, passengers said the experience was traumatizing.

Cellphone video obtained by WTVJ shows passengers donning yellow life vests, gripping onto seats before a collective gasp can be heard.

Passengers were in the air for about 10 minutes when the pilot then told over 200 people aboard to put on life vests and prepare for a water landing.

“He told us exactly that we needed to make an emergency water landing and at that point, fear ran through my bones. Everyone on the plane panicked,” passenger Will Smith told WTVJ. “When I looked out of the window, all I saw was blue, so I’m thinking this is real. We’re about to go in the ocean. I’m saying my prayers to die at this point, seriously. It was that traumatizing. I thought I was not going to make it.”

Shancy Faison, who was traveling with her husband, said she had a slight moment of panic after her life vest wouldn’t open.

“They didn’t specify what was wrong,” she said. “We were returning back, making a U-turn back into the island, to the airport. Then shortly, I would say 10 to 15 minutes into landing before we arrived, he made an announcement saying that we were going to have an emergency water landing. That’s when everyone freaked out. It was just chaotic. Everyone started grabbing their emergency vests under their seats. We saw the flight attendants running back and forth on the plane. Some were saying put on our vests, some were saying do not put on our vests. I then reached under my seat to try to try and retrieve my water vest and the case the vest was in would not open.”

Despite the chaotic flight, the plane landed safely and guests were able to deplane. No injuries were reported.

“Safety is our top priority, and the aircraft will be thoroughly evaluated by our maintenance team,” Spirit said in a statement to WTVJ. “We apologize to our Guests for any inconvenience, and we arranged a new aircraft to complete the flight to Fort Lauderdale.”

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