Plane Evacuated After Collapsed Nose Gear Incident At Phila. Airport

By: CBS Philadelphia
By: CBS Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CBS/WIBW) — Passengers have been evacuated from US Airways flight 1702 after an aborted takeoff Thursday night at Philadelphia International Airport.

A US Airways official says the Airbus 320 was taking off for Fort Lauderdale, Florida and did get airborne, but the captain elected to to abort the takeoff for reasons unknown.

The official says the nose gear collapsed when the aircraft returned to the ground.

The official also says 149 passengers and five crew members, including two pilots and three flight attendants, were on board at the time of the incident.

The airport says passengers have been evacuated onto the runway and are awaiting pickup.


PHL is currently on a ground stop until further notice.


CBS 3 is told two minor injuries have been reported, one person treated for asthma.

The airline says they are re-accommodating passengers on a new aircraft, which is scheduled to depart later this evening.

The incident is under investigation.

Shortly afterwards, Dennis Fee posted this on Facebook.


And, of course, the first selfie from the scene:


Stay with CBSPhilly.com for the latest on this developing story.


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