Partial Jet Bridge Collapse at BWI Injures Six Passengers
Southwest Airlines flight 822 from Punta Cana arrived at Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) with a reported sick passenger on board. Paramedics were on scene when the plane reached the gate. As the unwell passenger was escorted from the aircraft by medical personnel, the jet bridge connected to the aircraft experienced what BWI is calling a "partial equipment failure". Other passengers on board describe hearing a loud bang as the jet bridge seems to have partially collapsed. It's not clear at this point what caused the failure.
In a statement to TPG via email, a spokesperson for Southwest confirmed details of the incident, saying:
At 7:47pm EST Saturday evening, Southwest flight 822 arrived Baltimore-Washington International Airport from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with a request that paramedics meet the aircraft to assess one passenger involved in an onboard medical situation inflight. While medical personnel were assisting that passenger outside the aircraft, the airport-owned passenger loading bridge experienced a failure. Initial reports are that a few people sustained injuries and are being transported to a local hospital. The remaining Customers onboard flight 822 were deplaned using air stairs. We are working swiftly to assist all passengers and Crew.
The failure led six people to be taken to the hospital. BWI says they are investigating the failure of the jet bridge. The plane was eventually moved to another gate.
BWI says that Gate E-10 will remain closed until the investigation into accident is concluded. The airport is reporting normal operations at this time and says the closure of the gate will not impact flight operations.
This post has been updated with a statement from Southwest Airlines. TPG has reached out to BWI for comment but did not hear back upon publication.
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