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Philadelphia Plane Aborts Takeoff After Mechanical Failure

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A plane was forced to abort takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday evening after a mechanical issue.

The US Airways flight was departing from Philadelphia when the pilot aborted take-off around 6:30 p.m. after the front landing gear failed. Although an airport spokesperson said no injuries were immediately reported, NBC News reports two people suffered minor injuries.

"Passengers aboard Flight 1702 were forced to evacuate through the emergency side doors after a nose gear collapse," an airport spokesperson told the New York Daily News. The plane went off the runway but there was no apparent major damage.

Chris May of CBS Philadelphia tweeted a statement from US Airways informing that as the plane became airborne during takeoff, the pilot decided to abort for unknown reasons. The nose gear collapsed on landing.

The spokesperson adds that 149 passengers and five crew members were aboard. The airport halted flights following the incident. Flights at Philadelphia International Airport were temporarily grounded reports NBC Philadelphia, but have since resumed.

Here are some photos from the scene:

One photo appears to be a "selfie" taken near the plane:

This is a developing story...

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this entry reported that the plane crash landed. It actually experienced a failure during takeoff.

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