Plane Evacuated After Botched Takeoff in Philadelphia

The damaged US Airways jet lies at the end of a runway at the Philadelphia International Airport. Photo: Matt Slocum

If you never want to get on a plane again, we don’t blame you. As the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet continues to dominate the headlines, there was plane trouble closer to home on Thursday evening. A tire blew out on US Airways Flight 1702’s front landing gear, forcing the pilot to abort takeoff from Philadelphia International Airport. The 149 Florida-bound passengers and five crew members were evacuated from the runway. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported — and in keeping with the recent trend, one passenger snapped quite the selfie.