Passengers forced to evacuate U.S. Airways flight in Philadelphia after tire blows during takeoff


PHILADELPHIA – A U.S. Airways flight was forced to abort takeoff and make an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday after a tire blew out.

The 149 passengers and 5 crew members aboard U.S. Airways Flight 1702, an Airbus A320 heading to to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., evacuated the airliner at around 6:30 p.m. EST using emergency slides.

Officials say all of the passengers were loaded onto buses.

Passenger Dennis Fee told ABC News that 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.”

According to witnesses at the scene, smoke could be seen coming from one of the engines after the crash.

There are no reports of injuries.