MIA-bound flight diverted to JFK after mechanical issue

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) - A mechanical issue forced an American Airlines flight heading to Miami out of Boston to land in New York, Sunday.

180 passengers and six crew members boarded the Airbus A321, just after 5 p.m., Sunday, at Logan International Airport. After nearly half-an-hour, passengers noticed something wrong.

A passenger on board flight 1086 told 7News he knew something was wrong. “Twenty-five minutes into the flight, we hear ‘boom,’ like a noise,” said David Martinez-Delgado during a phone interview.

Martinez-Delgado said the ordeal took a frightening turn shortly after. “Five minutes after, another ‘boom,’ and people started looking out of the window, and the entire airplane [cabin] started filling with smoke,” he said. “People started screaming ‘fire,’ and the flight attendant was crying.”

The pilot diverted the jetliner to JFK International Airport and was able to land safely. After a delay, passengers boarded a different plane and arrived at Miami International Airport at around 4 a.m., Monday. No passengers were hurt.

While some may be relived to have arrived at their destination, for some, the delay to Miami was just the beginning. “Most people lost their connections, of course. Some had international connections, you know, lost days of work,” said passenger Bruno Arnaud. “Not a very good experience.”

American Airlines officials are still investigating what went wrong. They said it may have been an engine issue.

“We apologize to everyone for the inconvenience,” said American Airlines spokesperson Matt Miller. “Our customer relation team will be reaching out to the customers on the flight.”

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