Passengers, Baggage Handler Hurt on O'Hare Tarmac

Two passengers and one baggage handler were injured at O'Hare International Airport Thursday morning when jet blast blew a luggage carrier into them, airport officials say.

A passenger and contract employee of United Airlines were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries, said Chicago aviation spokeswoman Wendy Abrams. The second passenger declined treatment.

No additional information on the extent of injuries was available late Thursday.

The airport and airline declined to release the names of the injured.

At 8:22 a.m., the passengers were deplaning from a regional SkyWest Airline flight onto the tarmac at Terminal 2 and gate F when a Mesa Airline jet was parking nearby and its engine blast pushed a nearby luggage cart, Abrams said.

United operates both airlines. The employee was likely guiding the passengers as they walked from the plane to the terminal entrance, said United spokeswoman Megan McCarthy.

Chicago police and fire were investigating the incident, and McCarthy said the airline "will do whatever we can to ensure this doesn't happen again."

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