Jet bridge failure at BWI Marshall under investigation

WASHINGTON — The failure of a jet bridge at BWI Marshall Airport Saturday is under investigation after its collapse injured seven people.


Six people were taken to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening, a spokesman for BWI Marshall said.

“Around 8:00 p.m., personnel from the BWI Marshall Airport Fire and Rescue Department responded to a passenger requiring medical attention on board an airline flight that had arrived at Gate E-10. While working to move the passenger from the aircraft, the jet bridge that serves the airline gate failed. Six individuals were injured in a fall. The injured individuals were treated and transported to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. The remaining passengers were offloaded from the aircraft at about 8:45 p.m.,” said Jonathan Dean, spokesman for BWI-Marshall.

The FAA, in an email to WTOP, said seven people fell to the ground and were treated, including four medics, two Southwest Airlines employees and a sick passenger.




The jet bridge, which is the hallway structure leading to the plane that passengers use to board the aircraft, was being used for a Southwest Airlines flight at the time. It is owned by BWI Marshall.

“The passenger loading bridge will remain out of service until the investigation is complete,” Dean said.

The plane arrived from Punta Cana, Domincan Republic, and at around 8 p.m. requested paramedics to help with a medical situation involving a passenger on the flight, Southwest Airlines said in a statement.

Personnel from the airport’s Fire and Rescue Department responded, along with mutual aid, an airport spokesman said in a statement.

Anne Arundel County Fire responded to the incident at BWI Marshall.

While medics were helping the passenger outside the plane, the jet bridge experienced a failure, Southwest Airlines said.

Passengers on board the flight involved with the jet bridge incident described the situation as “traumatic.”

Other passengers got off the plane at around 8:45 p.m., and there was no other impact to airline operations, Dean said.

WTOP’s Colleen Kelleher contributed to this report.

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Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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