Southwest Airlines Jetliner Hits and kills Person As It Lands At Austin Airport

A Southwest Airlines jetliner hit and killed someone as it landed at Austin’s main airport on Thursday night.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot of Flight 1392 reported seeing a person on the runway shortly after the Boeing 737 touched down at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport at 8:12 p.m. local time.

The carrier said the pilot maneuvered the plane to avoid the person, whose identify is yet to be released.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services personnel pronounced the person, an adult, dead at the scene.

The plane took off from Dallas’ Love Field. Taxied to a gate, everybody got off and no one on board was hurt, Southwest said. The plane was carrying 53 passengers and five crew members. .

The runway where it happened was closed as authorities investigated but a second runway was kept open so the airport could keep operating.

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