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Seven injured when a jet bridge collapses at Washington-area airport

WASHINGTON — Seven people were injured Saturday at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport when a jet bridge collapsed after staff aboard a Southwest Airlines flight reported a ‘‘medical emergency’’ shortly before landing, the FAA said.

Four medics, two Southwest employees, and the sick passenger were injured when the jet bridge collapsed as the passenger was being removed from the plane.

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

‘‘The next thing you know, there was a crash,’’ The Baltimore Sun quoted passenger Kelsey Traub, 20, as saying.

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Afterward, the people on the flight remained ‘‘pretty calm,’’ she added.

BWI and Southwest Airlines did not immediately respond to requests for comment Sunday.

Washington Post