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A person was struck and tragically killed by a Southwest plane as it landed at Austin-Bergstrom airport Thursday night.
The pilot of Southwest Airlines Flight 1392, arriving from Dallas Love Field (DAL) airport, reported seeing a person on the runway while landing the Boeing 737.
The carrier said the pilot attempted to avoid the person but once the plane arrived at the gate, considerable damage could be seen on the left engine which were confirmed in images obtained by local media sources.
Southwest released a statement last night that said:
Southwest flight #1392 arrived safely after being cleared to land on runway 17R at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) this evening. The Southwest aircraft maneuvered to avoid an individual who appeared on runway 17R shortly after touchdown. The aircraft quickly came to a safe stop, and the Pilots reported the event to local air traffic controllers. After receiving further instructions from controllers, the aircraft taxied to the gate where all Customers and the Crew deplaned the aircraft safely with no reports of onboard injuries. Tonight’s flight landed at 8:12 p.m. CDT, after arriving from Dallas Love Field (DAL). Southwest is fully cooperating with local law enforcement and FAA as they investigate this event. Our Southwest Hearts extend to the individual involved, and we sincerely thank our Crew for their professionalism and swift response.
Austin airport said its operations team did find the victim on the runway, called Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
The man has yet to be identified and airport officials do not believe he was supposed to be on the runway at the time of the incident but a full investigation will be conducted.
Obviously, this is a tragic situation. It’s a wonder that the person was not sucked into the engine as it appears from the photos that they were extremely close.
This is a bizarre set of events and my heart goes out to the victim and their family.