Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Runway reopens at PHL after accident


Philadelphia International Airport says all runways are open, but travelers should expect some delays, the day after a Florida-bound plane skidded nose-down to a stop during a botched take-off.

The US Airways jetliner blew a tire as it was taking off for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Thursday evening, causing its nose gear to collapse. The plane's 149 passengers were evacuated.

Airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said this morning that the plane had been cleared and towed to the U.S. Airways hangar.

All runways at the airport are operating, she said.

Flights headed to Philadelphia this morning were temporarily held in their departing locations while officials removed the plane and checked the runway for debris.

Lupica said some additional delays are expected this morning.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

The evacuated passengers were placed on another flight, Lupica said, departing Philadelphia around midnight and arriving in Fort Lauderdale at about 2:30 a.m.

Contact Emily Babay at 215-854-2153 or ebabay@philly.com. Follow @emilybabay on Twitter.

Contact the Breaking News Desk at 215-854-2443 or BreakingNewsDesk@philly.com. Follow @phillynews on Twitter.

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