2 PAX fall 10 feet after jet way collapses @ LAX T4

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  1. rwoman
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    wow, maybe they need to put up a 'mind the gap' sign.

    In all seriousness, hope the two people are recovering from this unpleasant surprise.
     
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    I wonder how often the jetways are inspected and by whom? I would think this could have been prevented with regular inspections.
     
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    Good question. Is jetway maintenance typically the purview of the airline leasing the gate, or of the airport?
     
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    Hope they are OK? This shouldn't happen, but as always, it does!:confused:
     
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    This sounds like the jetway wasn't maintained or operated properly. There could be a big lawsuit here.
    My guess is that airlines generally own their jetways while have logos on them and frequently differ from other carriers' at the same airport. This would apply in places that do not share gates. At LAX, most of the terminals are airline-specific with a lot of branding, so it would seem like it's the airline's responsibility but this is just a guess and IANAL.
     
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    Hmm, news here in HI said one was a pilot.
     
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    Then it would be a Workers' Comp issue.
     
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    http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_18756109

    "American Airlines and federal authorities inspected a jet bridge that collapsed at Los Angeles International Airport, injuring a pilot and a passenger who dropped about 10 feet to the ground, airline officials said today.
    About three-quarters of the 107 travelers aboard Flight 557 from Chicago were already off the plane when the bridge collapsed around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, said Ed Martelle, a spokesman for American Airlines.
    "The captain paused on the bridge after he got off the plane, followed by a passenger," Martelle said. "There was about a two-second moment in time when the floor of the jet bridge just suddenly collapsed."
     
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    I would suspect the airport operating authority owns the liability. Airlines typically rent "gates" and I dont think they have a liability for them.
     

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