US Airways Flight 1702: ‘Harrowing Experience’

By: Pam Wright - March 14, 2014

A US Airways pilot was forced to abort takeoff Thursday when a tire on the front landing gear of US Airways flight 1702 blew out.

No serious injuries were reported after the Airbus A320 en route to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport from Philadelphia International Airport came to a stop on the runway.

The flight was carrying 149 passengers and five crew members.

“We started skidding down the runway, people were screaming and crying. It was quite harrowing,” said US Airways Flight 1702 passenger Dennis Fee.

Another passenger said the emergency happened very quickly.

“All the sudden we slammed back into the runway and bounced, and we go up a little more and we slam again. It happened very quickly, so we didn’t know exactly what was going on,” Larry Grant said. “Almost instantaneously people from the back were screaming ‘fire, fire,’ and so passengers did what they were supposed to do and they pulled the emergency doors over the window, and we started to proceed and the ramps inflated, and we got everybody out. We slid down the ramps, very fast.”

Christopher Teaney told the Philadelphia Inquirer the plane “kind of shot up and then bounced down.”

“Bounced real hard,” he said. “Shot up again, and then nose-dived.”

Police praised the airline crew to evacuating the plane quickly.

Emergency crews sprayed protective foam around parts of the plane to prevent hydraulic fluid from spreading.

Airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said two passengers sought medical treatment following the incident.

Investigators are still trying to determine why the plane crashed, although one theory is the wind may have been a factor. The plane was removed from the runway and taken to a hangar and is still being examined by investigators.

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  • Vince

    “Why the plane crashed”?? GMAFB!!

  • Apocalyptic Tourist

    I fly a lot and I would knock someone out if I see them get off with their carry on after an emergency exit.

    • Kimberly Fields-McArthur

      I agree!!!! Your luggage is not more important than the lives of passengers! Idiot.

      • iscream2478

        You don’t know why that carry on might be important to them. I would grab my husbands carry on luggage whether you liked it or not. All his cardiac meds he requires to stay alive would be in it. This person may have had good reason for grabbing their carry on.

  • Mad Hatter

    Interview with the Captain and first officer was delayed due to them needing to change their underpants before the interview.

  • Ardeare

    These stories are so funny when it happens to somebody else! They were screaming, crying, and feared for their lives. LOLOLOL Ahahahahahah

    • Michelle

      You are a sick person. It is not funny when people’s lives are in danger. If it was you, I bet you would be screaming and crying too.

      • Ardeare

        It’s not funny if it happens to me. It would be hilarious if it happened to you. LOLOLOL

        • Ellen

          Andeare..You are an idiot..nothing more be said

          • Ellen

            Excuse me “Ardeare” I misspelled your name wrong..if you noticed..

          • Ardeare

            You should be around me when I watch the news! LOLOLOLOL

          • Matt Yap

            You’re trolling wrong. Key is subtlety.

  • lindy west

    There are those who remain calm in an emergency, and those that just need to grab their makeup case….What is it with planes lately anyway? Flat tire?

    • iscream2478

      You don’t know what may have been in that carry on. How insulting to women to imply that someone would be dumb enough to risk others for makeup. My husband has a long cardiac history. His carry on is the first thing I would grab. All his meds would be in it.