Narrative: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 take-off V-speeds or a "flex temperature" after correcting the runway. The flight computer depends on those values to calculate takeoff power.
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
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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.