According to the officials of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, a man was struck and killed by a Southwest Airlines airplane as it was landing on the runway of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on the evening of May 7, 2020.
Authorities of the airport said that the man was not an employee of the airport.
It is said that the man hopped the perimeter fence to gain access to the runway.
Bryce Dubee, the spokesperson of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, said:
We are treating it as a security breach. This is the first time we’ve had a runway incursion like this. We have had the occasional security breach, but no one has ever gotten onto an active runway at the airport.
The Transportation Security Administration said that they are conducting a check of the perimeter of the airport property with the security team of the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
The pilot of the plane reported the man on the runway to air traffic control after it was cleared to land.
Southwest Airlines, the company that owns the plane that is involved in the incident, said that the aircraft maneuvered to avoid an individual who became visible after the Boeing 737 touched down.
The Austin Police Department’s airport unit said that they found a dead adult male on the runway afterward.
According to officials, one person died after being struck by an airplane that was landing on a runway at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
The incident happened on May 7, 2020, confirmed the Austin Police.
The scene was cleared overnight and the runaway was reopened on the morning of Friday.
Luckily no one that was on board the plane got injured in the incident.
The airline company also said that they are cooperating with the law enforcement agencies and the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration).
A spokesperson of the National Transportation Safety Board said that they are currently gathering information about the incident.
No official investigation has been launched.