Jet from Chicago Hits Bridge in Alaska

Thursday, Jul 8, 2010  |  Updated 9:15 PM CDT
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Jet from Chicago Hits Bridge in Alaska

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United Airlines is investigating why one of its jets struck a passenger bridge today as it was taxiing after landing in Anchorage.

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 damages.

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.

Wetherell says the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified.

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