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FAA Investigates Failed Takeoff In Philly, Passengers Finally Arrive At Their Destinations

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As Flight 1702 was towed off the runway at the airport Friday morning headed to a hangar for inspection and repairs, the investigation into Thursday's aborted takeoff and nose gear collapse moved into high gear.

"They' will look at the airplane, the maintenance record and then try to look at the scene of the accident and come to some conclusions to what caused it," attorney and commercial pilot Fred Tecce told FOX 29.

The US Airways Airbus A-320 was taken to this hangar while investigators gathered evidence left behind on the runway where the plane came to a rest after a tire blew, sending debris into an engine. The pilot aborted the takeoff and made an emergency landing. One hundred forty nine passengers escaped by sliding down chutes to safety.

"People got scrapes and bruises. I bruised my side up and my fingers, but it's better than dying," passenger Valeries Charles told reporters when she finally landed in Florida early Friday morning.

"I feel relieved that I'm on the ground now," another passenger on the aborted flight said.

The FAA is investigating the incident with help from the National Transportation Safety Board. They are assessing the damage to the plane and what went wrong.

"You look at the left engine which i believe was the engine they thought there was an issue with. You look at the tires," Tecce said.

"It was scary because I thought we were trying to go up in the air instead of back down," Charles said.

Passengers from Flight 1702 finally made it to Ft. Lauderdale early Friday morning, including 18-year-old old Hannah Udren of Lower Merion, who shot this cell phone video of the evacuation Thursday.

"Even though it was pretty scary at the moment, everything turned out ok and I'm happy that I am okay and everyone else is," she said "I'm glad we weren't higher up in the air when the plane went down."

Passengers arriving in Florida were still amazed there were no serious injuries as they recounted their own escape to safety.

"The exit doors were open so I just figured I'd better get off the plane fast. Then we ran when we got off the plane because we didn't know if the plane was going to explode," said passenger Debbie Grant.

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