[UPDATE] Runway Accident on Takeoff at PHL

U.S. Airways Flight 1702 lost a nose gear; passengers were evacuated safely.

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UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: The ground stop is over:

ORIGINAL:

Officials at Philadelphia International announced on Twitter early this evening that a U.S. Airways plane had lost a nose gear on takeoff, bringing flights at the airport to a standstill:

Passenger Dennis Fee — partner of Tavern on Camac owner Stephen Carlino — beat the airport to the punch with a 6:26 p.m. Facebook post:

https://www.facebook.com/DennisFee/posts/10203437800091033

Reached on Facebook, Fee said the plane had crashed on takeoff but that he wasn’t injured, and he later shared the photo above.

The New York Daily News reported that Flight 1702 had been headed for Fort Lauderdale. More to come as the story develops.