Plane blows tire during takeoff at Philadelphia airport


Passengers evacuating the plane, which was carrying 149 passengers and five crew members. (AP Photo/Dennis Fee)

A plane was in the process of taking off from Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday night when one of its tires blew out, causing it to skid to a stop nose-down on the runway after its front landing gear collapsed.

Passengers were evacuated from the US Airways flight originally bound for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and would be booked onto new flights, the airline said. One person requested medical attention, according to US Airways.

The incident was understandably upsetting for people on the plane, who had to climb out onto the wing and use emergency slides after the plane skidded to a halt.

“The flight kind of shot up and then bounced down,” Christopher Teaney, 33, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Bounced real hard. Shot up again, and then nose-dived.”

And, of course, there was the requisite selfie (sorry) spreading like wildfire across social media not long after this happened.

Similar things have happened before. A flight from Boston in 2012 had to make an emergency landing at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York after its front tire blew out shortly after takeoff. And a jet leaving Denver last year blew three tires during takeoff.

There have also been problems while planes have landed. Last year, a flight landing in Newark blew some of its tires and veered off the runway. Flights landing in Chicago and Los Angeles also had blown tires. In 2010, a JetBlue was landing in Sacramento when its landing gear tires blew out. A Royal Air Moroc plane in 2012 was landing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, when the pilot had problems steering because one tire had burst.

All flights to or from the Philadelphia airport were halted for more than two hours on Thursday night, airport officials reported. They resumed shortly after 8:15 p.m., but considerable delays remained.

By Friday morning, three of the four runways were open and being used, but the damaged plane still sat on the fourth runway. It was removed and the fourth runway reopened just before 8:25 a.m. Travelers should still expect to encounter delays Friday.

 

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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