Transcript for Tense Moments During Take Off in Philadelphia as Plane Goes Off Runway, Nose Crashes
A white knuckle moment for passengers on board here at home in Philadelphia. -- US Airways flight hurtling off the runway and tonight new eyewitness testimony from a passenger. About what it was like and how they escaped here's ABC's Ryan Smith. The dramatic aftermath of the takeoff gonna -- all caught on -- eight point. -- the US Airways flight 1702 to Fort Lauderdale halting just seconds before leaving ground running headlong into a field crashing nose down. -- help decide -- slow down there and you know doing a disaster emergency vehicles. Moments later emergency slides deployed and panic -- passengers sliding down the ramps -- plumes of smoke burst from the plane's left side. Literally sprinting to statement. He looked back at the plane. You can see that the -- here on the nose head pretty much collapsed the cause US Airways claims a blown tire was the culprit. The FAA saying the plane's nose gear reportedly failed and firefighters once on the scene noticed hydraulic fluid leaking from the plane's landing -- As luck would have it. Among the 149 passengers thirteen Belgian firefighters in -- to a training exercise. Pressed into duty is first responders and assisting with the evacuation. And for passengers seeming no worse for aware but others still shaken to their war. Gone are sort of -- Ryan -- ABC news New York.
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