Plane's Nose Gear Collapses in Philly
All 149 passengers safe after airport emergency
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2014 1:27 AM CDT
Investigators work near a damaged US Airways jet at the end of a runway at Philadelphia International Airport yesterday.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

(Newser) – All 149 passengers and five crew members are safe but shaken after a terrifying aborted takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport last night. Airline officials say the pilot of US Airways 1702, which was destined for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was forced to abort takeoff when a tire blew out and the Airbus A320's nose gear collapsed just after 6pm, the AP reports. The plane skidded off the runway at the end of the tarmac, and passengers had to escape on the emergency slides. Two people received medical attention, but there were no serious injuries reported.

Passengers described scenes of terror inside the cabin as the plane briefly became airborne before hitting the runway again and grinding to a halt, with plumes of smoke visible through the windows. "The flight kind of shot up and then bounced down," one passenger tells the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Bounced real hard," he says. "Shot up again, and then nose-dived." But the worst part of the ordeal, he says, was waiting 30 to 40 minutes in the cold for a bus to take passengers back to the terminal.

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Mar 15, 2014 10:50 PM CDT
Guess the person who installed the locking pin in the nose wheel did not make sure it was all the way in. The nose wheel is at the end of the wheel which the pilot steers with. and worked its way out on landing or take off
Mar 14, 2014 10:08 AM CDT
Made in China, what did you expect?
Mar 14, 2014 7:32 AM CDT
Bad takeoff, windy conditions.