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Saturday 20 September 2014

Crippled plane removed from runway

Published 14/03/2014 | 10:32

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The damaged US Airways jet has now been removed from the end of a runway at Philadelphia International Airport (AP)

A crippled plane that was evacuated after its nose gear collapsed during an attempted take-off has been removed from the runway at Philadelphia International Airport.

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

Officials say US Airways Flight 1702 was heading for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, shortly after 6pm local time last night when a tyre on the front landing gear blew out, forcing the pilot to abort take-off.

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

Most passengers were understood to have boarded a new flight that landed in Florida shortly after 2am today, but some opted to stay in Philadelphia.

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