A United Airlines plane struck a jetbridge yesterday in Alaska as it was taxiing to the gate.
…No one was injured in the mishap at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport involving a Boeing 757 shortly before 1:30 p.m. Thursday, following a nonstop flight from Chicago.
Department of Transportation spokesman Roger Wetherell says the jet and bridge sustained minor damage.
Rahsaan Johnson, a spokesman for the Chicago-based airline, says Flight 431 was carrying 168 passengers and six crew members when the jet’s left wing hit the bridge.
He says those on board were able to safely exit the plane.
A continuing flight to San Francisco was canceled. Johnson says a maintenance crew will assess the damage to the jet…
This story is the airline equivalent of getting into an accident with a parked car. I won’t jump to conclusions because I think UA’s pilots are the most professional in the business, but I wonder who is at fault? The ground staff or the pilots? You don’t just hit a jetbridge…
EDIT: See Randy’s comment below for a likely explanation of what happened.