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Southwest Airlines jet hits, kills man while landing in Austin, Texas

Events leading up to death under investigation
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Posted at 12:36 PM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 12:36:59-04

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A man was struck and killed by a commercial jet landing on a runway at an Austin, Texas, airport. Authorities say it happened Thursday night at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

A statement from the Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot of a Southwest Airlines flight arriving from Dallas reported seeing a person on Runway 17-Right shortly after touching down at 8:12 p.m. T

he driver of an airport operations vehicle later found the body on the runway.

Airport spokesman Bryce Dubee says officials don’t believe the man was supposed to be on Runway 17-R at the time, but they’re working to confirm that and determine the events leading up to his death.