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US Airways flight 1702 crashes on Philadelphia runway: Passengers run to safety

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US Airways flight 1702 crashed on the runway at Philadelphia International Airport during an aborted takeoff. The video taken by one passenger shows how the plane emptied out with folks running for their lives.

The US Airways crash happened when one of the tires blew, this sent the nose gear to the ground jarring all passengers, sending many into a panic, according to The Inquisitr on March 14.

When the tire blew the pilot’s quick decision to abort the takeoff collapsed the nose gear on the Airbus A320 jet. While it was a harrowing ride, experts say the pilot’s decision probably saved lives.

The 149 passengers and five crew on board ran for the escape ramps to slide out of the plane. The flight out of Philadelphia was headed for Florida. What the passengers experienced was the plane momentarily lifting off the ground, just to slam back down on the runway.

The panic and rush to get out of the plane occurred once the passengers’ smelled smoke. Larry Grant, a passenger on board US Airways Flight 1702 said:

“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. 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.”

You can hear the panic in the passengers’ voices in the above video. Other than being shook up, there were no serious injuries in this runway crash.

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