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Southwest plane hits, kills man on Texas runway

A Southwest Airlines flight is shown taking off from Salt Lake City International Airport Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Rick Bowmer / AP

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

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. Thursday, 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.

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.

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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.

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