Southwest aircraft hits, kills pedestrian during landing at Austin airport

- A Monitor Desk Report 09 May, 2020 | 999 Views|-+
Dhaka: A Boeing 737 of the world's largest low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines hit and killed a pedestrian as it landed at Austin's main airport on May 7, authorities said.

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

The carrier said the pilot maneuvered to try to avoid the person, whose identity was not immediately released.

The driver of an airport operations vehicle subsequently reported finding the person on the runway. Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services said its personnel pronounced the person, an adult, dead at the scene.

The plane 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, reports added. The aircraft had taken off from Dallas' Love Field.

Photos show that the aircraft received damage to the left engine cowling, including a sizable dent on the cowling's leading edge.

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

Austin police told the station the dead person was not dressed as an airport worker and did not have any identification.

The FAA said it would assist Austin police in the investigation of the incident.

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