Southwest Airlines jetliner hits, kills man on Texas airport runway

Southwest Airlines Flight 1392, a Boeing 737, was arriving from Dallas

Chicago, Illinois, USA - May 21, 2013: Southwest Airlines aircraft on the move with the Chicago skyline in the background.

AUSTIN, Texas — A man was struck and killed by a commercial jet landing on a runaway at an Austin, Texas, airport Thursday night, authorities said.

Continue Reading Below

WHY ARE SOME PLANES CROWDED WITH AIR TRAVEL DOWN?

The pilot of Southwest Airlines Flight 1392, a Boeing 737 arriving from Dallas, reported seeing a person on Runway 17R at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, shortly after the jet touched down at 8:12 p.m., according to a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA said the driver of an airport operations vehicle later found the body on the runway.

PEOPLE ARE FLYING AGAIN DESPITE CORONAVIRUS TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

Airport spokesman Bryce Dubee said officials do not believe the man was supposed to be on the runway at the time, but they’re working to confirm that and determine the events leading up to his death.

GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERE

The airport said in posts on Twitter that it is working with the Austin Police Department on the investigation and that maintenance crews worked early Friday preparing to reopen the runway.

No further information, including the identity of the man who died, was immediately available.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESS