AUSTIN, Texas - Austin police have identified the person struck and killed on a runway at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport as 22-year-old Junin Ko.
The incident happened on May 7 and involved Southwest Airlines flight 1392. The flight was arriving from Dallas at just after 8 p.m. when the crew reported seeing a person visible on runway 17 shortly after touchdown.
Austin-Travis County EMS responded to the incident and pronounced Ko dead on the scene at 8:41 p.m.
It's not clear at this time if Ko was a ground crew member, a person employed by an airline carrier, or a pedestrian. Officials say there were no reports of any injuries onboard the aircraft and that all passengers and crew were able to get off the plane safely.
Southwest released a statement that says in part, "Southwest is fully cooperating with local law enforcement and FAA as those agencies investigate the event. We sincerely thank our Crew for their professionalism and swift response."
The full statement from Southwest is as follows:
Southwest flight #1392 arrived safely this evening at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) after being cleared to land on runway 17R. The Southwest aircraft maneuvered to avoid an individual who became visible on runway 17R shortly after touchdown. The aircraft quickly came to a safe stop, and the Pilots reported the event to local air traffic controllers. After receiving further instructions from controllers, the aircraft taxied to a gate where all Customers and Crew deplaned the aircraft safely with no reports of onboard injuries. Tonight’s flight landed at 8:12 p.m. CDT, after arriving from Dallas Love Field (DAL). Southwest is fully cooperating with local law enforcement and FAA as those agencies investigate the event. We sincerely thank our Crew for their professionalism and swift response.
ABIA also released a statement.