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Seven people injured after jet bridge collapses at BWI Airport, FAA says

Baltimore Sun logoBaltimore Sun 12/30/2018 Lillian Reed, Christina Tkacik

Seven people were injured in a jet bridge collapse Saturday night at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, according to a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Staff on Southwest Flight 822 from Punta Cana, Domincan Republic, requested paramedics meet them on the ground because a passenger had become sick on the plane. After the flight landed at 7:47 p.m., medics boarded to help the passenger off. As they exited, the jet bridge, which connects the plane to the terminal, collapsed.

“The next thing you know, there was a crash,” said Kelsey Traub, 20, who was on board the flight.

Four medics, two Southwest airline employees and the sick passenger all fell to the ground and were treated for injuries, according to the FAA.

Six were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries, according to BWI spokesman Jonathan Dean.

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The remaining passengers left the plane via air stairs. One was Traub, 20, who was flying home to Owings Mills with her family. Despite the drama, she said, “Everybody was pretty calm.”

Traub wondered if the jet bridge had collapsed because paramedics were rushing to get the sick passenger to safety, or whether there was a structural defect.

In a tweet, BWI said they were investigating the incident. A spokesman for Southwest said the jet bridge is owned by BWI.

A BWI spokesman did not provide more details Sunday.

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

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