Plane Skids Off Runway At Philadelphia Airport, Passengers Safe

A U.S. Airways jet reportedly carrying 149 passengers and 5 crew from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale suffered a nose gear collapse during take off.

1. UPDATE — March 13, 9:30 p.m. ET:

2. U.S. Airways Flight 1702 skidded off the runway upon takeoff Thursday evening at Philadelphia International Airport. Emergency crews responded to the scene immediately and evacuated passengers.

3. One person requested medical assistance, a U.S. Airways spokesperson said to BuzzFeed in an email.

AP Photo/Matt Slocum

4. Dennis Fee posted this photo of the crash on Facebook. “Plane just crashed. But we are ok,” he said.

AP Photo/Dennis Fee

5. Fee said on Facebook the plane had “just started to get airborne” during takeoff when the incident occurred.

AP Photo/Matt Slocum

6. Flight 1702 was departing Philadelphia for Fort Lauderdale when the jet’s front landing gear collapsed, forcing the pilot to abort takeoff.

AP Photo/Matt Slocum

On board were 149 passengers and five crew.

7. “Flight 1702 from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale blew a tire on takeoff and the pilot elected to abort takeoff,” a U.S. Airways spokesperson said.

8. The airport was put on a ground stop after the incident.

PHL is currently on a ground stop until further notice due to the US Airways collapsed nose gear incident.

— PHLAirport (@PHLAirport)

so yup

— skip (@han_horan)

U.S. Airways said to BuzzFeed that they “are re-accommodating passengers on a new aircraft, which is scheduled to depart later this evening.”

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