|Southwest Boeing 737 damaged after it hit the person Photo: @CBSNews
A person who was on the runway 17R of the Austin International Airport was struck and killed by an airplane on Thursday.
This incident took place at around 20:12 when a Southwest Boeing 737-700, operating flight WN1391 from Dallas, Texas was landing in Austin.
According to Flightradar24.com, the pilots of the aircraft reported that there “might have been a person on the runway.” The incident is being investigated by the local authorities.
|One of the pilots reported that he has seen a person on the runway Photo: Southwest Airlines|
An Austin-Bergstrom International Airport spokesperson confirmed the rare fatal incident. The Austin Airport tweeted saying:
“AUS is aware of an individual that was struck and killed on runway 17R by a landing aircraft earlier this evening.”
AUS is aware of an individual that was struck and killed on runway 17R by a landing aircraft earlier this evening. The incident is currently under investigation and we will provide more information as it becomes available.
— Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (@AUStinAirport) May 8, 2020
The Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Service informed that the individual struck by an aircraft is an adult patient. It also added that no further information is available at the time being.
FINAL 3600 Presidential Blvd: #ATCEMSMedics have obtained a Deceased On Scene pronouncement of an adult patient. No further information is available.
— ATCEMS (@ATCEMS) May 8, 2020
Southwest Airlines confirmed this incident and released a press statement.
Regarding the investigation of the incident Southwest said:
“Southwest is fully cooperating with local law enforcement and FAA as they investigate this event.”
The Boeing 737-700 with registration N401WN was delivered to Southwest Airlines back in March 2001, and is currently 19.1 years old.
Currently, the airport authorities have closed the runway 17R/35L as authorities are investigating and has been operating flights using the second runway.
|The Delta Flight landed after performing a go-around Photo:
The next scheduled flight to arrive at Austin was a Delta Airlines Flight DL819 from Minneapolis. The flight made a go-around and then landed successfully.
A watch commander for the Austin Police Department said that struck person was not dressed as an airport worker and did not have ID. Police found that he was a 22 year-old man named Junin Ko.
|The investigation is being carried out by the local authorities Photo: @Sam Chui|
The FAA investigators are on their way to the site to assist the local authorities in the investigation.
However, airport officials do not believe that the individual was supposed to be on the runway at the time. The authorities are trying to confirm this theory, as reported by USA Today.
Further information were not immediately available. This type of incident are uncommon. A runway runover is not something that happens every day.
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