LAX Passenger Walkway Collapse Injures American Airlines Pilot, Passenger

08/25/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Los Angeles, CA — Injuries were reported after a passenger walkway collapsed at the Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, August 24, 2011. The captain and a passenger of an American Airlines flight fell about 10 feet after the plane arrived at about 6:40 p.m. from Chicago, reported the Associated Press.

According to officials, the Boeing 737 pilot and passenger were exiting flight 557 when they stepped onto the passenger loading bridge, which is moveable walking ramp that connects planes to the terminal. The bridge suddenly gave way and the duo fell at least 10 feet to the ground.

Responding emergency crews rushed them both to Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in Marina del Ray in fair condition. They reportedly complained of pain in the ankles, back and necks.

The passenger was treated and released, but the status of the pilot is unknown.

The cause of the bridge collapse is underway. It is not immediately known what caused the bridge to give way.

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