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Person Struck and Killed by Plane Landing at Austin Airport

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According to reports, a man was struck and killed by a Southwest Airlines plane in Austin on the night of May 7, 2020. The plane was cleared to land at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport late Thursday, when the pilot reported to air traffic control that there was a person on the runway. Airport officials confirmed the report to local press on Friday, May 8, 2020.

“Where exactly do you see the man?” the Austin air traffic controller asked the pilot. “They are behind us now,” the pilot said. In a statement to ABC News, Southwest Airlines said that the pilot “maneuvered to avoid” the individual who only became visible shortly following the plane having touched down. A spokesperson for the Austin Police Department has confirmed that the body of a deceased adult male was discovered on the runway. Following recovery and an inquiry into the matter by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigators, the runway was cleared for re-opening early Friday morning, May 8, 2020.

Person Struck and Killed by Plane Landing at Austin Airport

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According to a spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) an official investigation has not been launched as of yet and they are still in the process of gathering information. Southwest Airlines has stated that none of the passengers aboard the flight were injured during the incident, and the airline is in full cooperation with the local Austin authorities and the FAA. There has been no word with respect to how the individual gained access to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport runway 17R. However, it has been stated that the person was not dressed as an airport worker. Bryce Dubee, an airport spokesman, told an ABC news affiliate that officials do not believe the unidentified individual was supposed to be on the runway at the time the plane was scheduled to land. However, they’re presently working to confirm that was the case and to piece together the events that led up to the incident.