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Defective bracket discovered on collapsed jetway bridge at Baltimore-Washington International Airport

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Investigators discovered a defective metal bracket on the jetway bridge that partially collapsed Saturday evening at Baltimore-Washington International Airport, injuring six people. (www.usatoday.com) More...

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Ric Wernicke 13
There was a time when riggers were all over devices where people were above, below, or on any suspended device. They did their inspections being very scared someone could get hurt. I think now that they "run it until it breaks" then fix the problem. A failure with a jet bridge is no accident. Proper inspections and preventative maintenance can result in little downtime, and zero injuries.
wendijoseph88
Well said Ric. I fear short-sighted cost saving on labor expenses.
yr2012
matt jensen -1
if it ain't broke, don't fix it

takelsey
terry kelsey 2
Why do so many incorrectly use the term tarmac???
watkinssusan
you will find definitons of the word tarmac show not only a material used for paving,but also a material used for runways and adjoining areas..when you work around an airport the term tarmac is used frequently to describe the taxiway area and sometimes the parking areas for aircraft..it is merely a descriptive word..
takelsey
terry kelsey 1
Thanks Mary. I understand. Tarmacadam (tarmac), a composite of stones and a tar-like substance invented in 1901-1902, was used extensively decades and decades ago, but I guess I'm just a nitpicker about not calling runways, taxiways, aprons and ramps "tarmac" when in fact very nearly, if not all, are now concrete. The last time I saw a tarmac runway, was one I was forced to use at an oil drilling operation in 1979 in the Libyan Sahara near Wadi KUfra.
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Ken Morris 1
Does anyone know who manufactured these bridges? There are only a few companies in the U.S. who manufacture these bridges.
watkinssusan
most airports require periodic inspections of the jetbridges,the tarmacs and the areas surrounding boarding areas..it is possible they were not "up"om the inspection process..it would be scary though to suddenly drop or fall!.
vulcancruiser
They never inspected these at the airport I worked at for 20 years with a jetway right outside my window.......

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