At least 6 injured at BWI due to jet bridge 'equipment failure'

Officials say at least six people have been injured after a "partial equipment failure" involving a jet bridge at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport Sunday night.

Officials say at around 8 p.m., personnel from BWI Marshall Airport Fire and Rescue Department responded to a passenger who needed medical attention on board a flight that had arrived at Gate E-10.

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 says the airport's jet bridge, which connects the plane to the terminal, failed while medics were helping the passenger outside the aircraft.

Several people fell and were hurt. BWI tweeted that six people were taken to a hospital Saturday night with non-life-threatening injuries due to the incident.

The BWI Marshall Airport Fire and Rescue Department responded to the scene, along with mutual aid.

BWI says the equipment failure is under investigation. The passenger loading bridge will remain out of service until the investigation is complete.

Beyond the incident scene, there were no further impacts to airport or airline operations.

Southwest says remaining passengers safely exited the plane using air stairs. BWI says the passengers were offloaded from the aircraft at about 8:45 p.m.

An investigation is ongoing.