The silhouette of a passenger waiting for a flight is seen in the Delta Air Lines Inc. terminal at LaGuardia Airport in New York on Oct. 21, 2013.
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May 8, 2015 10:41 AM EDT

A Delta flight from Fort Lauderdale to LaGuardia made an emergency landing in Charleston, South Carolina, after a mechanical issue caused the cabin to fill with smoke, authorities said Thursday.

The Boeing MD-88 left Fort Lauderdale at 3 p.m. and made the emergency landing at 4:40 p.m. at Charleston International Airport after one of plane’s two engines experienced a “performance issue,” Delta said in a statement.

One passenger said he was asleep on the plane and awoke to a “surreal” experience as the cabin was filled with smoke.

“At first I was like ‘Is the A/C on?’,” Fabio Dias, who was heading…

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