Six hurt in airbridge collapse at U.S. airport

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Several people were injured Saturday when a "partial equipment failure" that involved a "jet bridge" occurred at an airport in Maryland, officials confirmed.

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.

The seven people were taken with injuries that were not life-threatening to local hospitals, and the rest of the passengers deplaned via the stairs.

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"While medical personnel were assisting that passenger outside the aircraft, the airport-owned passenger loading bridge experienced a failure", the spokesperson said. Southwest said it wanted the medical personnel to "assess an onboard medical situation" that took place in flight, involving one passenger.

"Our passengers' safety is the top priority and BWI Marshall Airport has moved quickly to address this issue", Rahn said.

The bridge will remain closed until the investigation is over, the tweet said. It is also the "busiest airport in the region", the site says, and is named after Baltimore native Thurgood Marshall, who was the first African-American to serve on the US Supreme Court.

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