Man struck, killed by jet on Austin airport runway identified
Investigators are still trying to determine how a man got onto a runway at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport where he was struck killed by a landing commercial jet.
The ma, whom police identified Tuesday as Junin Ko, 22, did not have a security badge required to enter the airport’s secure side, Austin-Bergstrom spokesman Bryce Dubee told the Austin-American Statesman Tuesday.
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 struck and killed Ko as the plane landed last Thursday night.
"I believe there might be a person on the runway,” the pilot told air traffic controllers as the plane landed at 8:12 p.m. Thursday.
An airport employee later found Ko’s body on Runway 17-R.
Southwest issued a statement in which it said the pilot “maneuvered to avoid an individual who became visible on runway 17-R shortly after touchdown.”
After landing, the plane taxied to a gate.
“Southwest is fully cooperating with local law enforcement and (the) FAA as those agencies investigate the event,” the airline said.