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Southwest Jet Topples Denver Airport Light Pole; Nobody Hurt

January 30, 2012

(Updates with Southwest’s comment in third paragraph.)

Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) -- A Southwest Airlines Co. jet knocked down a 30-foot light pole today while taxiing to a gate at Denver International Airport.

No one was injured in the accident, which occurred at 9:45 a.m. Denver time, said Laura Coale, a spokeswoman for the airport. Southwest Flight 792, which flew to Denver from Los Angeles, carried 89 passengers and five crew, said Brandy King, a spokeswoman for Dallas-based Southwest.

“We are currently working with the National Transportation Safety Board and other relevant agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration, to assess the situation and cannot provide additional details at this time,” King said in an e- mailed statement.

A picture taken by a passenger and posted online by the ABC News affiliate in Denver showed the pole on the ground under a Southwest airplane’s wing. The airline declined to discuss any damage to the Boeing Co. 737.

Passengers got off the plane on the tarmac and were bused to the airport’s C concourse, where Southwest’s gates are located, Coale said.

The accident didn’t disrupt flights at the airport, she said in an interview. The light was used to illuminate a part of the airport ramp around the C concourse.

Denver is the fifth-busiest airport in terms of Southwest departures, with 151 daily.

--Editors: Jeffrey Tannenbaum, John Lear

To contact the reporter on this story: Mary Schlangenstein in Dallas at maryc.s@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Ed Dufner at edufner@bloomberg.net


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