Southwest plane struck by pickup truck at Baltimore airport

Eloise Marshall
May 9, 2018

A Southwest Airlines flight arriving to Baltimore-Washington International Airport was hit by a ground crew's pickup truck as the plane taxied to a gate after arrival early Monday morning.

The flight in question - flight 6263 - had flown in from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and had landed on the runway at Maryland at 12:10 a.m. EDT when the incident occurred.

The airline says they worked quickly to accommodate the 103 passengers to make sure they wouldn't be further delayed and offered "a gesture of goodwill" for the inconvenience. "We will do our best to get you going asap".

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All 172 passengers exited the aircraft by stairs, and no injuries were reported. The circumstances that led to the accident is not yet known. The airline characterized the landing as "uneventful". One of the engines of the plane exploded, causing a piece of shrapnel to smash one of the windows of the jet. Southwest's service to Orlando is the latest launch in a series of eight new cities, six of which were previously unserved nonstop by any airline at SJC.

In a statement from Southwest Airlines, the company said "a ground vehicle came into contact with the aircraft".

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