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"We didn't know if we were going to live or die" - U.S. Airways passenger

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 - 01:06

March 14 - Reactions to U.S. Airways flight 1702 aborted take-off that caused the nose gear to collapse. Gavino Garay reports.

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U.S. Airways flight 1702 is pulled from the runway following an aborted takeoff in Philadelphia. The plane aborted the take off after a tire blew out on Thursday -- then the nose gear collapsed. (SOUNDBITE) PASSENGER TIFFANY YARNELL SAYING: "The second we went up it came crashing down and it was like - everyone started screaming." (SOUNDBITE) PASSENGER LISA DIBUCCI SAYING: "You felt the smoke, and they said evacuate the plane." It forced Philadelphia International Airport to halt operations temporarily. Authorities saw smoke and they say hydraulic fluid started leaking, but no jet fuel. (SOUNDBITE) PHILADELPHIA FIRE DEPARTMENT BATTALION CHIEF GARY LOESCH SAYING: "We did have smoke showing from engine number one. There was no fire visible." Passengers were rebooked to Ft. Lauderdale Friday. (SOUNDBITE) PASSENGER KIOMARA OZUNA SAYING: "We didn't know if we were going to live or if we were going to die. We didn't know nothing. It was just horrible." (SOUNDBITE) PASSENGER DEVON LASSITER SAYING: "There really are no words. I'm still kind of walking in a fog at this point. Everything went in to such a panic. I've never experience anything like that in my life. The plane actually lifted off and hit the ground twice. In that time I think people's lives were flashing before their eyes. It was a lot." No serious injuries were reported and the FAA is investigating the incident.

"We didn't know if we were going to live or die" - U.S. Airways passenger

Friday, Mar 14, 2014 - 01:06

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