Plane that aborted takeoff removed from Pa. runway

Plane evacuated after aborted takeoff is removed from runway at Philadelphia airport

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Passengers evacuate US Airways Flight 1702 after the pilot was forced to abort takeoff shortly after 6 p.m., after a tire on the plane's front landing gear blew out, Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Airbus A320 jet, bound for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was carrying 149 passengers and five crew members, airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said. All were rescheduled on departing flights Thursday night, she said. (AP Photo/Dennis Fee)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A crippled plane that was evacuated after its nose gear collapsed during an attempted takeoff has been removed from the runway at Philadelphia International Airport.

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board will examine the plane to try to determine the cause of the accident.

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

The Airbus A320 jet was carrying 149 passengers and five crew members. An airport spokeswoman says two passengers requested medical attention, but no serious injuries were reported.

WCAU-TV reports that most passengers boarded a new flight that landed in Florida shortly after 2 a.m. Friday, but some opted to stay in Philadelphia.

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