HOUSTON – A person was struck and killed by a Southwest airplane Thursday night on a runway at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, according to the airport. The flight was arriving from Dallas
According to preliminary information released by the Federal Aviation Administration, 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. The driver of an Airport Operations vehicle subsequently reported finding the victim on the runway
“FAA investigators are on their way to the site and will assist the Austin Police Department and other officials in determining whether the aircraft struck the victim,” the FAA said in a statement.The agency said that according to preliminary information, the pilot of Southwest Airlines Flight 1392 reported seeing a person on the runway after it touched down at 8:12 p.m. local time Thursday.An airport operations vehicle driver then found the victim on the runway, the FAA said.In a statement, Southwest Airlines said the “aircraft maneuvered to avoid an individual who became visible” on the runway after the plane landed.”The aircraft quickly came to a safe stop, and the pilots reported the event to local air traffic controllers,” the airline said in a statement.The airline said the plane taxied to a gate and passengers and crew exited safely and with no reports of injuries.The flight traveled to Austin from Dallas Love Field, the airline said.Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services tweeted that the victim was an “adult patient.” The tweet did not offer any more information.