Southwest Airlines plane struck by truck at BWI Airport in Maryland
BALTIMORE (WJLA) – A pickup truck hit a Southwest Airlines plane coming into BWI Airport from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, early Monday morning.
A passenger on the flight told ABC 7 News there were no injuries on the flight. The plane was pulling into its gate when the incident occurred.
Southwest Airlines responded to a tweet to a passenger on board before later releasing the following statement:
"Southwest Flight 6263 with scheduled service from Ft. Lauderdale to Baltimore was pulling into the gate at Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) when a ground vehicle came into contact with the aircraft. There are no reported injuries of the 172 passengers."
Michael Simon wrote on his Twitter account, "So our @SouthwestAir flight just got in an accident with a pick up truck. Guess this makes me an airplane crash survivor..."
The airline replied saying, "Glad to hear everyone made it Safely to BWI, but we truly regret any inconvenience tonight. We'll do our best to get you going ASAP, Michael! -Rebekah"
Passengers were assisted off the plane.
In April, a Southwest Airlines jet made an emergency landing in Philadelphia due to a damaged engine and window. Jennifer Riordan, a mother of two, was killed as a result. Bookings for the airline dropped after the accident costing the company between $50 million and $100 million.
This story has been updated.