by Aero World

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.

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. The incident is currently under investigation and we will provide more information as it becomes available.”

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.

Southwest Airlines confirmed this incident and released a press statement. In the statement, Southwest said:

“Southwest flight #1392 arrived safely after being cleared to land on runway 17R at Austin 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 the local ATC.”

“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.”

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 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.

Regarding this incident, the FAA said in a statement:

“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 driver of an Airport Operations vehicle subsequently reported finding the victim on the runway.” 

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.

This is a developing story, more information to come.

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