Front landing gear collapses on Florida-bound plane

Pictures filmed by Dennis Fee - who was a passenger on the plane.

More than 150 people were evacuated from a US Airways flight after a Florida-bound plane's front landing gear collapsed on a runway.

Flights were halted at Philadelphia International Airport as those on board exited the plane via inflatable ramps.

One person asked for medical assistance but no major injuries were reported, airport officials said.

An airport spokeswoman said the plane was about to take off when the malfunction happened.

The Airbus 320 was carrying 149 passengers and five crewmembers.

A passenger, Dennis Fee, told local broadcaster WPVI it was "very windy and when the plane took off, the nose of the plane went back down, hitting the runway".

"We were airborne, then struck back down by the nose," Mr Fee said.

The airport spokeswoman, Victoria Lupica, said all the passengers had been rescheduled on another flight to Fort Lauderdale.

US Airways spokesman William McGlashen said: "Initial reports indicate Flight 1702 from Philadelphia to Fort Lauderdale (Florida) blew a tyre on take-off and the pilot elected to abort take-off."

Three of the four runways were reopened later on Thursday evening.

Plane in Philadelphia

More on This Story

More US & Canada stories


Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Audi R8Need for speed

    Audi unveils its fastest production car ever - ahead of its Geneva debut


  • A bicycle with a Copenhagen WheelClick Watch

    The wheel giving push bikes an extra boost by turning them into smart electric hybrids

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.