Investigators discovered a defective metal bracket on the jetway bridge that partially collapsed Saturday evening at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, injuring six people.
The Maryland Department of Transportation said in a statement that metal brackets on this jet bridge, as well as five others from the same manufacturer, are going to be replaced. Airport operations won't be affected.
The six injured people were sent home from the hospital on Sunday.
The airport had provided details about the incident via Twitter: "Preliminary info indicates 6 individuals transported to local hospitals w/ non-life-threatening injuries."
Partial equipment failure involving jet bridge at #BWI Gate E-10. BWI Fire & Rescue Dept responded, along w/ mutual aid. Preliminary info indicates 6 individuals transported to local hospitals w/ non-life-threatening injuries.— BWI Marshall Airport (@BWI_Airport) December 30, 2018
In a statement, Southwest Airlines said Flight 822 had just arrived from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, and requested paramedics to help with a medical situation involving a passenger.
Southwest said the airport’s jet bridge, which connects the plane to the terminal, failed while medics were helping the passenger outside the aircraft. Southwest said remaining passengers safely exited the plane using air stairs.
Twitter user @PJPressesPlay posted a video on the social networking site that appeared to show a firetruck on the scene.
I was in the plane the jetway fell from. Here’s video of a fireman bringing a ladder in to let the medic off. pic.twitter.com/2Q3dPcnAfw— PJ Yerman (@PJPressesPlay) December 30, 2018
Contributing: The Associated Press
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Defective bracket discovered on collapsed jetway bridge at Baltimore-Washington International Airport