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US Airways flight 1702 crash lands just after takeoff en route to Fort Lauderdale after nose gear collapses.
US Airways flight 1702 crash lands just after takeoff en route to Fort Lauderdale after nose gear collapses. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

An aborted takeoff of U.S. Airways flight results in a crash after a collapsed landing gear at the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), according to CBS News. On Thursday evening, March 13, 2014, U.S. Airways flight #1702 safely evacuated the 149 passengers on board.

The Airbus A320 aircraft had achieved liftoff just before the pilot decided to abort the mission. Upon impact the nose gear failed, causing the aircraft to slide off the runway. Flight 1702 was scheduled for service to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. According to CBS News, passengers are awaiting transportation back to the terminal.

This accident occurring only hours after American Airlines Group announced plans to increase their use of the Airbus A320 for regional American and U.S. Airways flights, according to the Dallas News aviation blog. The airline favoring the larger A320 jet with a capacity of 150 passengers over smaller Embraer and Bombardier equipment in use, which have only 50 seats each.