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Miami drops in rankings of most popular travel destinations

Magic City ranks 25th in TripAdvisor's annual Traveler's Choice Destinations survey

Author: Alexandra Fruin, Producer, AFruin@wplg.com
Published On: Apr 09 2014 08:42:36 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 09 2014 05:52:36 PM EDT
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MIAMI -

Miami has dropped in the rankings of an annual survey of top destination in the United States, according to TripAdvisor.

Miami barely made the 2014 Travelers' Choice Destination list, coming in at No. 25, the last spot ranked by the popular travel website in its sixth-annual report.

The award winners were determined "using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, attractions and restaurants in destinations worldwide over a 12-month period," TripAdvisor's website states. 

Miami dropped 13 spots from its 2013 ranking. Orlando, the only other Florida city to make the list, dropped five spots to 10.

The 2014 rankings showed a rise in popularity among Texas and cities in the south. Houston jumped 13 spots to No. 12, the largest of any in the U.S. rankings. New Orleans and Charleston, S.C., also moved up the list. Atlanta and Nashville, Tenn., made the list for the first time in its six-year history.

The top three U.S. cities -- New York, Chicago and San Francisco, respectively -- also made the Top 25 Travelers' Choice World Destinations ranking.

For more information and to see where other cities ranked, click here.

JetBlue flight bound for FLL returns after takeoff

Passengers smelled smoke shortly after flight left Jamaica

Published On: Apr 01 2014 07:15:25 AM EDT   Updated On: Apr 01 2014 05:41:17 PM EDT

JetBlue flight delayed after passengers smell smoke

FROM THE NEWSROOM. LOCAL 10 NEWS. THANK YOU MJ. PLANE FULL OF PASSENGERS ON THE WAY TO FT. LAUDERDALE MORE THAN 12 HOURS LATE. AN ISSUE ON BOARD, THE ORIGINAL JET BLUE FLIGHT FORCED THE PILOT TO TURN AROUND TO JAMAICA LAST NIGHT. WE ARE LIVE AT FT. LAUDERDALE HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WITH MORE ON THIS STORY. WELL, CONSTANCE, THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 98 PASSENGERS ON THAT JET BLUE PLANE. AND THE PLANE HAD TO TURN BACK AROUND TO JAMAICA 15 MINUTES AFTER TAKING OFF. AFTER PEOPLE SAID THEY WERE SMELLING SMOKE ON BOARD. NOW HERE IS A STATEMENT THAT JET BLUE RELEASED. IT SAID QUOTE, ON MONDAY MARCH 31, 2014, JET BLUE FLIGHT 876 RETURNED TO KINGSTON AFTER A REPORT OF A SMOKE ODOR. JET BLUE WILL ASSURE CUSTOMER'S NEEDS ARE MET. THIS REPORT INDICATES FOUR CUSTOMERS TAKEN TO LOCAL MEDICAL FACILITIES FOR EVALUATIONS AND TWO ADDITIONAL CUSTOMERS OPTED FOR FURTHER MEDICAL EVALUATION. NOW IT IS STILL UNCLEAR WHY THEY WERE MEDICALLY EVALUATED AND SET TO ARRIVE HERE IN FT. LAUDERDALE LATER THIS AFTERNOON.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

A JetBlue flight that took off from Jamaica's Norman Manley International Airport headed to Fort Lauderdale Hollywood-International Airport returned after passengers and crew said they smelled smoke.

The plane returned about 15 minutes after takeoff Monday evening.

Flight 8076 had 98 passengers on board. JetBlue said six people who were on the plane were evaluated by paramedics but did not say why. 

Maintenance staff and officials inspected the plane.

Those 98 passengers were expected to arrive Tuesday afternoon.

Passengers arrive in Fort Lauderdale after plane blows tire at Philadelphia airport

Pilot forced to abort takeoff for flight

Author: Associated Press
Liane Morejon, Reporter, lmorejon@wplg.com
Troy Blevins, Online Editor, Producer
Published On: Mar 13 2014 07:37:53 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 14 2014 08:52:48 PM EDT

Passengers arrive at FLL after emergency evacuation

LOCAL 10 NEWS STARTS RIGHT NOW. WE ARE EVACUATE WE ARE EVACUATING THE PLANE. OH, MY GOD. OH, MY GOD. THE PLANE IS ON FIRE. YOU CAN HEAR IT IN HER VOICE. OFF OF THE TOP FOR YOU AT NOON, AN EMERGENCY EVACUATION AFTER A PLANE'S LANDING GEAR COLLAPSES DURING TAKEOFF. THAT FLIGHT RIGHT THERE WAS ON ITS WAY TO FT. LAUDERDALE HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE U.S. AIRWAYS FLIGHT WAS BARRELING DOWN THE RUNWAY IN PHILADELPHIA WHEN THE NOSE GEAR JUST COLLAPSED. THE PLANE SPUN OFF THE RUNWAY AND THE 149 PASSENGERS AND CREW WERE FORCED TO EVACUATE THAT AIRCRAFT. THE PASSENGERS DID FINALLY MAKE IT TO FT. LAUDERDALE. THEY ARE FINALLY TALKING ABOUT THEIR TERRIFYING EXPERIENCE. LOCAL 10 REPORTER LeANN MOREJON IS AT THE AIRPORT. YOU HAD A CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH THEM FIRST THING THIS MORNING. Reporter: AND, JEN, IT WAS LESS THAN IS IT HOURS AGO WHEN THOSE 149 PASSENGERS FINALLY MADE IT HERE TO FT. LAUDERDALE HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SAFE AND SOUND. AFTER AN HOUR'S LONG OR DEAL. THE STORY IS BEST TOLD BY THE PASSENGERS THEMSELVES. TO SAY THIS IS NOT A STORE BE CHAOS OR A MESSY TAKEOFF OR EVEN ABOUT TRAGEDY, BUT MORE ABOUT STRANGERS HELPING STRANGERS REACH THE BEST POSSIBLE OUTCOME AND MAKE IT OUT OF THIS ALIVE. I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THE PLANE TOOK OFF AND IT HIT THE WHEEL AND YOU KNEW SOMETHING -- WE WENT DOWN THE RUNWAY, AND IT EXCELLED AND WE WENT UP, AND AS SOON AS WE WENT UP, IT JUST WENT -- ALL OF A SUDDEN IT TOOK A DIP AND THE NOSE WENT DOWN AND WE BOUNCED -- LIKE A FRONT TIRE EXPLODED. AND THE NOSE HIT. IT WAS QUITE A SHOCK, BECAUSE THE IMPACT WAS VERY STRONG, BUT WE REALLY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS HAPPENING. EVERYBODY SCREAMED AND THERE WAS SMOKE AND FIRE. SMOKE STARTED COMING INTO THE COCKPIT, AND WE HAD TO EVACUATE OUT. I THINK PEOPLE'S LIVES WERE FLASHING BEFORE THEIR EYES. IT WAS JUST A LOT. I WAS JUST HOPING THAT I COULD GET ALL THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN OUT FIRST. AND THAT WAS MY MAIN CONCERN BEFORE I WENT DOWN THE CHUTE. I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MUCH COMPASSION FROM A CROWD OF -- A CROWD OF STRANGERS. THERE WAS A LOT OF CAMARADERIE AND REALLY EVERYBODY BEHAVED WELL. AND TRIED TO GET THROUGH IT. WE HELPED EACH OTHER, AND I THINK WE AVOIDED WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT OF INJURIES. I WAS JUST THANKFUL TO GOD THAT EVERYBODY WAS ALIVE AND OKAY. REPORT AND SO THESE PASSENGERS NOT JUST TELLING US ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE BUT ALSO SHOWING US VIA SOCIAL MEDIA. A WOMAN ON BOARD THE PLANE TWEET THIS SELFY MOMENTS AFTER THE INCIDENT. IT HAS GONE VIRAL EVER SINCE. THE PHOTO WITH THE CAPTION, SO MY PLANE JUST CRASHED, I ALMOST DIED, HAS BEEN RETWEETED ALMOST 3500 TIMES AND THE SAME WOMAN WHO TOOK THAT DRAMATIC CELL PHONE VIDEO OF HERSELF RUNNING AWAY FROM THE PLANE AFTER SHE SLID DOWN THE EMERGENCY CHUTE. BACK OUT HERE LIVE AT FT. LAUDERDALE HOLLYWOOD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, PASS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, PASSENGERS ARE ALSO CREDITING THE CREW OF THIS U.S. AIRWAYS FLIGHT AND THE QUICK THINKING OF THE PILOT. THEY SAY WITHOUT HIS SKILL THERE ARE COULD HAVE BEEN FAR WORSE.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -

Passengers arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport early Friday morning after a plane's nose gear collapsed during an attempted takeoff at Philadelphia International Airport a day earlier, leaving the plane crippled on the runway and prompting the crew to deploy emergency slides for the passengers to get off.

US Airways Flight 1702 was headed to Fort Lauderdale when the pilot was forced to abort takeoff shortly after 6 p.m. after a tire on the plane's front landing gear blew out, airline officials said.

The Airbus A320 jet was carrying 149 passengers and five crew members, airport spokeswoman Victoria Lupica said. All the passengers were rescheduled on later flights, she said.

Two passengers requested medical attention after the aborted takeoff, but no serious injuries were reported, she said.

"As soon as we went up, it just all of a sudden took a dip and the nose went down and we bounced like the front tire exploded, and then the nose hit," passenger Frank Gabbamonte, vacationing from New York, told Local 10.

Gabbamonte said there was smoke and fire, and everybody started to scream.

"It was quite a shock because the impact was very strong, but we really didn't know what was happening," passenger Debbie Grant said.

"I think people's lives were flashing before their eyes," passenger Devon Lassiter said. "It was just a lot."

Emergency responders sprayed protective foam around parts of the plane because hydraulic fluid was leaking from it, but no jet fuel leaked, police said. Police praised the actions of the airline crew for getting the passengers off the plane safely.

"I just was hoping, you know, that I could get all the women and the children out first, and that was my main concern before I went down the chute," Gabbamonte said.

Grant said there was "a lot of camaraderie" among passengers on the flight.

"I've never seen so much compassion from a crowd of people -- a crowd of strangers," Lassiter said.

Lassiter said she was thankful that everybody was alive.

"We helped each other and, you know, I think we avoided what could have been a lot of injuries," added passenger Tom Francis, who was also vacationing from New York.

Teaney said passengers had to wait more than 30 minutes in the cold for buses to pick them up and take them back to the terminal. Police said they erected barriers to try to shield the passengers from the wind and put some women and children in their vehicles to keep them warm.

The airport's four runways were shut down for about 35 minutes, police said. Three were reopened within a few hours of the accident, with only the runway where the accident occurred remaining closed, Lupica said.

US Airways merged with American Airlines last year to form American Airlines Group Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas. The company plans to phase out the US Airways name.

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