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Accident description
Last updated: 14 February 2016
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Thursday 13 March 2014
Time:ca 18:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-214
Operator:US Airways
Registration: N113UW
C/n / msn: 1141
First flight: 1999-11-22 (14 years 4 months)
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-5B4/P
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 149
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 154
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL/KPHL), United States of America
Destination airport:Fort Lauderdale International Airport, FL (FLL/KFLL), United States of America
A US Airways Airbus A320 was involved in a takeoff accident at Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL).
Flight US1702 to Fort Lauderdale International Airport, FL (FLL) rotated from runway 27L. At about 20-70 feet agl, the captain decided to abort the takeoff. He moved the throttle to the idle position and the airplane sank back. The tail struck the runway, followed by the main gear. The nose gear impacted last and collapsed. The aircraft slid 2,000 feet (610 m) along the runway, stopping on the runway’s left edge.
An emergency evacuation was carried out, injuring two passengers.

Initial FAA reports state that the captain noted prior to takeoff that the wrong runway, 27R instead of 27L, had been entered in the multifunction control display (MFCD). This was corrected by the co-pilot, but she did not re-enter the takeoff V-speeds or a "flex temperature" after correcting the runway. The flight computer depends on those values to calculate takeoff power.

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Distance from Philadelphia International Airport, PA to Fort Lauderdale International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1590 km (994 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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