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Damaged aircraft towed after 2 injured in LAX jet way collapse

August 24, 2011 |  9:33 pm

A damaged American Airlines aircraft was towed to a hangar at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday night after two people fell when the floor board of a jet way collapsed, fire and police officials said.

A passenger and crew member sustained multiple injures and reported pain in their ankles, backs and necks after plunging at least 10 feet to the tarmac as they exited the aircraft, officials said. Initial reports were that two passengers were injured.

The two injured people were taken to Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in Marina del Rey and were listed in fair condition, officials said.

The accident occurred about 6:50 p.m. after flight 557 taxied to Gate 48A at Terminal 4, according to officials.

The flight originated in Boston with a stopover in Chicago before heading to LAX, according to the carrier's online flight information.

Passengers and crew members left the plane on a stair truck as LAX police officers secured the area.

An American Airlines spokesperson did not immediately return calls for comment.

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--Andrew Blankstein (twitter.com/anblanx) and Robert J. Lopez (twitter.com/LAJourno)

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