A Southwest Boeing 737 is believed to have struck and killed an individual on the runway at Austin Bergstrom, Texas, United States of America this evening.
The Boeing 737-700 with registration N401WN departed Dallas Fort Worth as WN1392 for the short 34 minute trip to Austin Bergstrom, the flight was without issue until it landed in Austin.
Upon landing on runway 17R, the flight crew of Southwest flight WN1392 mentioned to Air Traffic Control “might have been a person on the runway”. The incident occurred just after 8:20 p.m. along the 3600 block of Presidential Boulevard, Austin.
Flightradar24.com also reported that it is not known if the Southwest Boeing 737 struck the person or if that flight was just the first aeroplane to spot the person. Currently, the airport authorities have closed the runway 17R/35L.
The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that a pilot spotted a person on the runway before the death was reported.
“According to preliminary information, the pilot of Southwest Airlines Flight 1392 reported seeing a person on Runway 17-Right, shortly after the Boeing 737 touched down at 8:12 p.m. Central Time on Thursday,” the agency said.
“The driver of an Airport Operations vehicle subsequently reported finding the victim on the runway,” it said.
FAA investigators were en route to assist Austin police with an investigation, including which aircraft struck the victim.
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