Passengers aboard a US Airways flight were forced to evacuate their plane after the nose gear collapsed while attempting an emergency landing at the Philadelphia International Airport.
The Airbus 320 was traveling from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday when one of the landing gear tires blew during takeoff at around 6:25 pm. The pilot attempted to conduct an emergency landing when the nose gear on the plane collapsed. Sparks flew as the nose of the plane scraped the runway.
Once the plane stopped the149 passengers and five crew members were forced to evacuate the plane using inflatable slides.
Only two passengers reported minor injuries.
The airport immediately closed all four runways. Later that night three of the runways were re-opened. The plane was moved off the fourth runway around 1:00 am so that normal operations can resume on Friday morning.
The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have both said they will conduct investigations.
US Airways released a statement on their Facebook page, “Initial reports indicate Flight 1702 from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale blew a tire and takeoff was aborted. Our crew safely evacuated the passengers and one person has requested medical assistance. We are re-accommodating passengers on a new aircraft, which is scheduled to depart later this evening.”
All the passengers were eventually flown to Fort Lauderdale.
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