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Emirates pax ‘tumble on tarmac as stairway collapses’

March 5, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Several Emirates passengers have been taken to hospital after falling onto a runway when their plane’s stairway collapsed, according to reports.

Five people were injured in the incident at Benazir Bhutto International Airport at Chaklala, Rawalpindi, which serves Islamabad in Pakistan, Pakistan’s Express Tribune stated. The flight was preparing to depart for Dubai.

The report said four of those injured in last week’s accident were passengers “including a female American citizen” and the fifth was a loader. The American woman, aged 59, reportedly suffered head injuries.

They were taken to Benazir Bhutto Hospital for treatment.

The paper cited airport sources saying the stairway collapse had damaged the plane’s left wing and the aircraft had been “moved to the base”. That was probably a reference to Pakistan Air Force Base Nur Khan, which forms part of the same airport.

The Express Tribune said the falling stairs damaged the plane’s left wing. It didn’t specify the type of aircraft but Emirates generally uses a B777-300ER on the route.

Written by Peter Needham

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