Six Injured in partial collapse of jet bridge in Maryland

Fredrick Soto
January 1, 2019

Six people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after a jet bridge failed at a Baltimore airport, officials say.

The incident occurred after staff aboard a Southwest Airlines flight reported a "medical emergency" involving a sick passenger shortly before landing, the official, Gregory Martin, said.

CBS Baltimore quoted passengers on the plane saying a woman had fallen ill on the Southwest Airlines flight from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. "And then the thing crashed and it hit down", William Yerman, a passenger on the plane at the time, told WJZ-TV. While medics were helping the passenger outside the aircraft, the airline said the jet bridge "experienced a failure".

The department says all six people injured in the collapse were released from the hospital early Sunday.

Anne Arundel County Fire responded to the incident at BWI Marshall. A spokesman for Southwest said the jet bridge is owned by BWI.

The statement says 33 jet bridges made by the manufacturer were inspected and deemed safe to use.

In October, a jet bridge collapse in Pakistan injured one person, according to media reports.

No other operations at the airport were affected, BWI said.

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