Six people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after a jet bridge failed at a Baltimore airport, officials say.
Southwest Airlines said the flight arrived at BWI from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with a request for paramedics to meet it to check out a passenger's "onboard medical situation".
"The next thing you know, there was a crash", the Baltimore Sun quoted one passenger, Kelsey Traub, 20, as saying.
Four medics, two Southwest airline employees and the sick passenger all fell to the ground and were treated for injuries, according to the FAA. The airport blamed the incident on "partial equipment failure" at Gate E-10, and confirmed that the injured were transferred to local hospitals. He says his mom packed his bag.
The remaining passengers on the flight deplaned using the air stairs, the Southwest spokesperson said.
Anne Arundel County Fire said they were supporting BWI Fire with the incident.
The six new jet bridges made by the manufacturer will be taken out of service as metal brackets are replaced Sunday night and will be put back into service as they are completed, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation.