6 injured due to jet bridge 'equipment failure' at airport

6 injured due to jet bridge 'equipment failure' at airport

At 7:47 p.m., personnel responded to a passenger requiring medical attention on board an airline flight when the bridge collapsed, Southwest Airlines posted on its website. "Preliminary info indicates 6 individuals transported to local hospitals w/ non-life-threatening injuries", the airport said in a statement via its official Twitter feed.

The injured had been exiting a plane via the jetway - the enclosed passageway connecting an airport gate and their plane.

"The next thing you know, there was a crash", the Baltimore Sun quoted one passenger, Kelsey Traub, 20, as saying.

The remaining passengers got off the plane using stairs.

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Southwest Airlines said the jet bridge failed while paramedics were helping a passenger with a medical problem off a flight that had arrived from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

The jet bridge failure at BWI Airport is "under investigation", according to another tweet from the airport.

The jet bridge that serves the airline gate will be out of service until investigation is completed, the airport spokesman said.

"Our passengers' safety is the top priority and BWI Marshall Airport has moved quickly to address this issue", Rahn said.

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