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Jet aborts takeoff after gear failure in Philly

A Florida-bound plane's nose gear collapsed during takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday, prompting an emergency evacuation from the runway.
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Airline officials said US Airways Flight 1702 was heading to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when the pilot was forced to abort takeoff shortly after 6 p.m. when a tire on the plane's front landing gear blew out.
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The Airbus A320 jet was carrying 149 passengers and five crew members, airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said. All were rescheduled on departing flights Thursday night, she said.
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One passenger requested medical attention after the crash but no serious injuries were reported, she said.
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A passenger on the plane, Dennis Fee, told WPVI-TV that it was "very windy and when the plane took off, the nose of the plane went back down, hitting the runway."
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"We were airborne, then struck back down by the nose," he said.
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"The flight kind of shot up and then bounced down," 33-year-old passenger Christopher Teaney told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Bounced real hard. Shot up again, and then nose-dived.
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"I was laughing the whole time. I didn't know what else to do."
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Teaney said that passengers had to wait more than a half hour in the cold for buses to come get them to transport them back to the terminal.
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Three of the airport's four runways were reopened within a few hours after the crash, with only the runway where the accident occurred remaining closed, Lupica said.


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