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SkyWest plane slams into jetway at LAX

February 16, 2010 |  7:29 pm

A SkyWest Airlines plane slammed into a boarding jetway Tuesday morning at Los Angeles International Airport, breaking propeller blades that struck the fuselage, according preliminary information released by the National Transportation Safety Board.

There were no injuries to the crew members or 25 passengers on board the twin-engine Embraer turboprop airplane, NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said.

The safety board has dispatched an investigator from its Gardena office to investigate the incident, which happened about 6:30 a.m. The plane was coming from McClellan-Palomar airport in Carlsbad, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

After landing, the aircraft was directed by a SkyWest employee into the taxi area where it struck the jetway. The propeller blades apparently hit the jetway and then hit the plane, but they did not enter into the cabin area, Knudson said.

No additional details were available.

-- Robert J. Lopez

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