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.
Nose gear of plane collapsed on runway. The incident is under investigation. All passengers safely evacuated. No reported injuries.— PHLAirport (@PHLAirport) March 13, 2014
PHL is currently on a ground stop until further notice.
PHL is currently on a ground stop until further notice due to the US Airways collapsed nose gear incident.— PHLAirport (@PHLAirport) March 13, 2014
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:
so yup pic.twitter.com/2WuLUWzpND— skip (@han_horan) March 13, 2014