Emergency involving US Airways plane reported at Philadelphia International Airport

PHILADELPHIA - Passengers were evacuated from a Florida-bound plane at Philadelphia International Airport after a mechanical failure.

Airline officials said USAirways Flight 1702 was heading to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when the pilot was forced to abort takeoff around 6:30 p.m. (Eastern time) Thursday after the front landing gear collapsed.

An airport spokeswoman says two passengers asked for medical assistance, but no serious injuries were reported.

Spokeswoman Victoria Lupica says the Airbus 320 was carrying 149 passengers and five crew. All were rescheduled on departing flights Thursday night.

Lupica says three of the four runways were reopened within a few hours of the crash and only the runway where the accident occurred remained closed.

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