By Paul James and Aly Laube | January 1, 2022
A flight leaving Vancouver International Airport had to change gates Saturday after an aircraft loading bridge from the terminal to the parked jet collapsed.
Fortunately, no one was hurt. The bridge was empty when it caved in and crumpled close to where it connected to the unloaded plane.
No injuries following a scary incident @yvrairport late this afternoon. Airport walkway collapsed at one of the terminals. The passengers hadn’t started boarding their flight. YVR says it’s inspected all of its walkways, and says they’re safe. @CityNewsVAN pic.twitter.com/BYIqp6ECfU
Although those hoping to catch the flight had to move to another departure gate, airport operations weren’t impacted in any major way.
YVR is still responsible for the maintenance, and says it has since inspected all of its bridge equipment.
“We have a team that is actively investigating the exact cause of the failure and we don’t yet have a clear cost of the damage or duration that the bridge will be out of service,” a statement from the airport said.
“We are confident this was an isolated incident on one of the bridge components and all equipment at YVR is safe.”
The collapsed bridge will be out of service until further notice.