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For Immediate Release:
December 30, 2018

Contact: 
MDOT Public Affairs
Brandi Bottalico
410-865-1030


BWI Marshall Airport proactively inspects jet bridges after incident

Manufacturer replacing metal brackets in six new jet bridges as a precaution

(Hanover, MD) – At Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn’s direction after an incident Saturday night involving a new jet bridge, Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport completed inspections of all 33 jet bridges with the same manufacturer and found they were safe to use, and is continuing inspections for the rest of the airport’s jet bridges. Investigation into the incident concluded a metal bracket was defective on the jet bridge involved and as a precautionary measure, all brackets on five other jet bridges that were installed at the same time as the affected jet bridge will also be replaced.

“Our passengers’ safety is the top priority and BWI Marshall Airport has moved quickly to address this issue,” Secretary Rahn said.

The six jet bridges will be taken out of service as metal brackets are replaced through tonight, December 30, and will be put back into service as they are completed. Operations will not be impacted.

The six people who were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries Saturday night were released early this morning.

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