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2 Injured In Jetway Accident

Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:48 am

An errant tug hit a jetway today at MCO as passengers were deplaning off UAL 1294 from IAH..the injuries were to the tug driver and a 9 year old boy on the jetway.

I was curious has there ever been a serious accident ever documented involving the failure of a jetway?? Has one ever collapsed with passengers? I've heard of someone falling between the jetway and the main cabin door on a few occasions.
 
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RE: 2 Injured In Jetway Accident

Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:56 am

I recall one collapsing with passengers on it not too long ago, maybe a couple years. It can happen if the hydraulics go out. I'm not sure how to quantify "serious" though.
 
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RE: 2 Injured In Jetway Accident

Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:57 am

Didn't some guy just die falling off a jetway?
 
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RE: 2 Injured In Jetway Accident

Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:58 am

Quoting crownvic (Thread starter):

I was curious has there ever been a serious accident ever documented involving the failure of a jetway?? Has one ever collapsed with passengers? I've heard of someone falling between the jetway and the main cabin door on a few occasions.

When I worked at the airport, we were told that under no circumstances should we ever touch the "auto-leveler" wheel that extends onto the aircraft fuselage from the jetway. Our trainer mentioned an anecdote about a serious incident when someone played with it unaware of the consequences...



As for major jetway failures... Airbridge Collapse At HKG (by babaero Apr 7 2013 in Civil Aviation)


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RE: 2 Injured In Jetway Accident

Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:08 am

USAir had a jet way partially collapse at CAE about 15-20 years ago while loading or unloading (I forgot which) a DC-9. Several passengers were injured but not seriously.
 
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RE: 2 Injured In Jetway Accident

Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:19 am

Quoting hoons90 (Reply 3):
When I worked at the airport, we were told that under no circumstances should we ever touch the "auto-leveler" wheel that extends onto the aircraft fuselage from the jetway. Our trainer mentioned an anecdote about a serious incident when someone played with it unaware of the consequences...

Autolevel keeps the jetway at the same level as the door of the aircraft. Nose of the aircraft rises as weight is removed. On some aircraft the jetway is positioned quite close to the pitot tube, so turning off the autolevel is not wise.
 
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RE: 2 Injured In Jetway Accident

Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:24 am

..and the auto-level adjusts the jetway height so it stays even with the door of the aircraft as it rises while deplaning, and sinks as it fills up again. If it didn't the jetway would tear the aircraft door off the hinges when the loading plane sinks. It happens. That's why there is an alarm bell or horn when it's not working.
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RE: 2 Injured In Jetway Accident

Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:42 am

HKG airport suffered a seroius jetway collapse a few years back - took the door off an a330 of CX and injured a few groundstaff
 
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RE: 2 Injured In Jetway Accident

Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:27 am

LHR T4 had a workman fall through a hole in the jetty.
 
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RE: 2 Injured In Jetway Accident

Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:23 am

A number of years ago the floor collapsed under an agent ( not the jetbridge, just the floor) at a D gate in IAH. A 737 full of passengers had just deplaned on this floor without problem, but it suddenly give way while she was standing alone near the aircraft. She was seriously injured and required several surgeries and a long recovery.
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RE: 2 Injured In Jetway Accident

Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:32 pm

UA was trying out an overwing jetway to the rear door of an A320 in DEN. It collapsed causing serious damage to the wing. UA decided against using overwing jetways after that incident.
 
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RE: 2 Injured In Jetway Accident

Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:51 pm

Quoting crownvic (Thread starter):
I was curious has there ever been a serious accident ever documented involving the failure of a jetway??

One of DL's jetways @RDU in the old terminal A (A17 I believe) collapsed completely about 10 years ago. The agent was the only person on the jetway at the time and was injured IIRC. She was at a relatively high height as the jetway was being positioned for a 757.

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RE: 2 Injured In Jetway Accident

Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:51 pm

At EWR in 1973 a Jetway auto-leveler failed and ripped the front door off of a United DC-8. Shortly after that I was on a United DC-8-61 boarding at EWR when the tug started pushing it away from the gate with the door open and the Jetway still attached. Broke the hinge and left the door hanging. Delayed our departure for ORD until they could pull the passengers off the stretch at the next gate and move us over. I guess UA wanted us out of the airport more than the snow bunnies heading for DEN.
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Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:56 pm

 
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RE: 2 Injured In Jetway Accident

Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:17 pm

We had a woman fall in the gap between the jetway hood and the aircraft at MSP a few years ago.

OUCH!...Woman Falls From Jetway At MSP (by Beefer Jun 27 2003 in Civil Aviation)
 
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RE: 2 Injured In Jetway Accident

Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:25 pm

Quoting Wingtips56 (Reply 6):
..and the auto-level adjusts the jetway height so it stays even with the door of the aircraft as it rises while deplaning, and sinks as it fills up again. If it didn't the jetway would tear the aircraft door off the hinges when the loading plane sinks. It happens. That's why there is an alarm bell or horn when it's not working.

The auto-level are those wheels that sit flush to the aircraft, right? As it sinks, the wheels move and the bridge adjusts?
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RE: 2 Injured In Jetway Accident

Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:01 am

I weigh over 250 pounds and when I step onto the jetway I usually activate the auto leveler. The whole jetway shudders a little and a motor makes a split second noise. This also occasionally happens entering a more advanced elevator system.
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RE: 2 Injured In Jetway Accident

Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:54 am

Quoting n126DL (Reply 15):
The auto-level are those wheels that sit flush to the aircraft, right? As it sinks, the wheels move and the bridge adjusts?

Yep. Sometimes there's a fence between the leveler and the passengers or it's positioned out of reach. Imagine a kid spinning it thinking it's a toy! Yikes!
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