Plane's Front Landing Gear Collapses On Takeoff

Pilot forced to abort takeoff for flight bound for Florida.

(CBS Philadelphia)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Passengers have been evacuated from a Florida-bound plane at Philadelphia International Airport after a mechanical failure.
Airline officials said USAirways Flight 1702 was heading to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when the pilot was forced to abort takeoff around 6:30 p.m. Thursday after the front landing gear collapsed.
An airport spokeswoman says one passenger asked for medical assistance, but no serious injuries were reported
Spokeswoman Victoria Lupica says the Airbus 320 was carrying 149 passengers and five crew. All were rescheduled on departing flights Thursday night.
Lupica says three of the four runways were reopened within a few hours of the crash and only the runway where the accident occurred remained closed.
Video aired by WCAU-TV showed the plane still on the runway as of 7:45 p.m., with its emergency slides inflated.


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