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Passengers from crippled Pa. plane arrive in Fla.


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Some passengers aboard a plane whose nose gear collapsed on a Philadelphia runway finally made it to South Florida early Friday.

Officials say US Airways Flight 1702 was heading for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday when a tire on the front landing gear blew out, forcing the pilot to abort takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport.

U.S. Airways Jet Crashes On Runway After Tire Blows Out

The Airbus A320 jet was carrying 149 passengers and five crew members.

Some of those passengers boarded a new flight that landed in Florida early Friday.

"We started skidding down the runway, people were screaming and crying. It was quite harrowing," Dennis Fee told WTVJ-TV (http://bit.ly/1fDOPpU ).

Another passenger said emergency was over quickly.

"All the sudden we slammed back into the runway and bounced, and we go up a little more and we slam again. It happened very quickly, so we didn't know exactly what was going on," Larry Grant said. "Almost instantaneously people from the back were screaming `fire, fire,' and so passengers did what they were supposed to do and they pulled the emergency doors over the window, and we started to proceed and the ramps inflated, and we got everybody out. We slid down the ramps, very fast."

An airport spokeswoman in Philadelphia said two passengers requested medical attention, but no serious injuries were reported.

The crippled plane was removed from the runway in Philadelphia and taken to a hanger to await examination by investigators. All runways there were reopened as of mid-morning Friday.

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havingfun8910 March 14 2014 at 2:04 PM

Crashed? lol Gezzzzzzzzz who write this CRAP?

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billyfb March 14 2014 at 1:06 PM

So how was this a BOTCHED take off? The pilot did a great job! You media people disgust me you really do!

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brewtristy March 14 2014 at 1:06 PM

What's alarming about the pictures? the plain had a flat tire! the pictures are exactly what you expectthey would look. Media headline hype................getting so tired of it! The story in it self will get us to look at the pictures.

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ctpeej March 14 2014 at 1:05 PM

why do all the passengers seem to have their carry-ons with them?

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pitt961 ctpeej March 14 2014 at 2:00 PM

I asked the same question! Also some of the men had their carry-ons but ran the fastest! I did not see one man try to help another passenger except flight crew. I guess laptops and luggage more important.

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Earl March 14 2014 at 1:02 PM

The professional US Airways crew on board is to be commended for successfully managing this emergency with no serious injuries or deaths.

Over the many years of driving, I have had several nerve rattling blow outs on my automobile, one with only 1,000 miles on the tire.

This is the down side of man inventing the wheel.

The thoughts of one.

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sharone1123 March 14 2014 at 1:02 PM

Thank God they were able to abort before having to land the plane on a blown tire which of course landing on a blown tire can potentially be very very serious and dangerous. Hooray for the Pilots!

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jsb4747 March 14 2014 at 12:57 PM

Please people, if your plane crashes and you need to exit via a big rubber slide, don't hold up the other passengers by grabbing your carry on luggage. Just get the hell off!

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chopper March 14 2014 at 12:56 PM

There are risks in everything we do. We are not promised that our hearts will keep beating, so we either stay in bed or live life. Really, if your tire blew out on your car, would you hold yourself accountable, or blame the mechanic? Everything eventually degenerates, accidents happen it's all part of life. I don't understand why people are surprised? We are vulnerable on this planet, and a lot of things like this are out of our control. It is scary to be caught unaware, that's true. But experiences make us who we are, and hopefully make us smarter and stronger, and not want to point a finger at someone else to blame for our choices. Again, we sometimes forget there are risks involved with everything. Be grateful for the control you do have over your life, let go of the control you don't. .

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sube49 chopper March 14 2014 at 1:06 PM

I could not have said it better. You are an insightful human being. More people should feel as you do and there would be less stress in this world. WE in America are especially controlling and think we can change all things and all people who are really not under our control.

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Bill March 14 2014 at 12:56 PM

As a retired AF Pilot...:Well Done"........The media should be ashamed!!!!!

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JOSEPH R GRECO March 14 2014 at 12:54 PM

Pilot did a wonderful job,as he was trained to do.Maybe if he didn't stop the takeoff,the landing in Florida might have been worse.No one was hurt and the people got to Florida,so chill out people,as tires blow out everyday on planes all over the country.

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