Staff WriterOn Thursday at 6:05 pm EDT, Flight #107 on US Airways was taking off when one of the tires on the plane suddenly blew. According to sources, 154 passengers and crew were on board when the incident happened. The plane was taking off from Philadelphia International Airport and were heading to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Thankfully, only two were hospitalized with minor injuries. An airport spokeswoman, Victoria Lupica, said “Initial indications are that the plane, an Airbus A320, was just beginning to lift off when the tire blew, and soon afterward the nose gear collapsed. When the plane began to lift off is when the tire blew U.S. Airways spokesman, William McGlashen, said “the pilot then elected to abort takeoff”. "We were just entering the air and the front of the plane went down and hit the runway, and then popped back up and hit it again" said Hannah Udren. The 18-year-old was on her way to visit family in Florida. The pilot did an amazing job of preventing this from getting any worse. He was able to bring the plane to a stop after the incident. Vice President of operations for American Airlines and U.S. Airways was quoted in saying “We assume he did, based on the fact that everyone is safe and everyone got down safe and evacuated safely and everyone was well taken care of, so I assume our captain did a great job on the aircraft and he should be commended." Passengers on flight #107 were taken by a bus back to the terminal and put onto a different flight. There was a temporary delay in flights. All 4 runways at the airport are now open. NTSB will be investigating this incident further.
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