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Plane Skids Off Runway At Philadelphia Airport, Passengers Safe

A U.S. Airways jet reportedly carrying 149 passengers and 5 crew from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale suffered a nose gear collapse during take off.

Posted on March 13, 2014, at 7:22 p.m. ET

UPDATE — March 13, 9:30 p.m. ET:

U.S. Airways Flight 1702 skidded off the runway upon takeoff Thursday evening at Philadelphia International Airport. Emergency crews responded to the scene immediately and evacuated passengers.

One person requested medical assistance, a U.S. Airways spokesperson said to BuzzFeed in an email.

AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Dennis Fee posted this photo of the crash on Facebook. "Plane just crashed. But we are ok," he said.

AP Photo/Dennis Fee

Fee said on Facebook the plane had "just started to get airborne" during takeoff when the incident occurred.

AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Flight 1702 was departing Philadelphia for Fort Lauderdale when the jet's front landing gear collapsed, forcing the pilot to abort takeoff.

AP Photo/Matt Slocum

On board were 149 passengers and five crew.

“Flight 1702 from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale blew a tire on takeoff and the pilot elected to abort takeoff," a U.S. Airways spokesperson said.

The airport was put on a ground stop after the incident.

PHL is currently on a ground stop until further notice due to the US Airways collapsed nose gear incident.

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PHL is currently on a ground stop until further notice due to the US Airways collapsed nose gear incident.

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U.S. Airways said to BuzzFeed that they "are re-accommodating passengers on a new aircraft, which is scheduled to depart later this evening."

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