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Plane blows tire in Philadelphia;, flight aborted

By John Craven, Reporter, JCraven@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 13 2014 09:30:17 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 14 2014 04:13:51 AM CDT

Terrifying moments in Philadelphia tonight after a mechanical failure sent passengers on a U-S Airways flight running.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -

Passengers have been evacuated from a Florida-bound plane at Philadelphia International Airport after a mechanical failure.

Airline officials said US Airways Flight 1702 was heading to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when the pilot was forced to abort takeoff around 6:30 p.m. Thursday after the front landing gear collapsed.

An airport spokeswoman says two passengers asked for medical assistance, but no serious injuries were reported

Spokeswoman Victoria Lupica says the Airbus 320 was carrying 149 passengers and five crew. All were rescheduled on departing flights Thursday night.

Lupica says three of the four runways were reopened within a few hours of the crash and only the runway where the accident occurred remained closed.